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Hamilton and Russell ‘outperform a car that isn’t good enough’

Hamilton and Russell 'outperform a car that isn't good enough'

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said his drivers outperform their cars after taking their first double podium of the season in France.

Lewis Hamilton took third in Canada, Silverstone and Austria, then secured Mercedes’ best result of the season with second place at the French Grand Prix.

He was joined on the podium by teammate George Russell as both Mercedes reached the podium for the first time this year.

Wolff said Hamilton’s recent string of results showed what a driver of his caliber could achieve in a substandard car.

“I think you just see a seven-time world champion in a car that might not be good enough for a world championship right now,” said Wolff. “He just pushes really hard and maximizes what’s in the car and a flawless delivery.”

Wolff added his Russell, saying: “Obviously they are both outperforming the car at the moment.”

The two drivers have so far coped well with the often puzzling variations in the team’s competitiveness throughout the season, Wolff said.

“They are both very professional because you have a car that is more competitive one weekend and not competitive the next and we know that progression [isn’t constant]Wolff said.

“It’s still very difficult to deal with that and this week we see them again very calmly and rationally,” he continued. “And that really impresses me this season, that you don’t see these kinds of emotional swings between good and bad days.”

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