George Russell admits that he “got a bit lucky” to have made a pit stop under the Virtual Safety Car and finished fifth at the Miami GP.

Russell started the race at the Miami International Autodrome from P12. He stayed out on the Hard tire compound for a long time in order to capitalize from possible Virtual Safety Car or Safety Car. The gamble paid off as the incident involving Pierre Gasly and Lando Norris triggered the Virtual Safety Car and then the actual Safety Car.

Russell used this opportunity to make his only pit stop. He got a fresh set of Medium tires and eventually finished the race fifth, continuing his streak of top 5 finishes. The Mercedes driver commented on the strategy call.

“I think it was a little bit fortunate. You sound like a bit of a genius when things like that happen. But that’s the case when you’re on an offset strategy,” he said.

“We had P7 covered. There was no point to pit, we may as well have just stayed out there and hope that something like that would happen and we got a bit lucky today.”

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