Lewis Hamilton has said the team is happy with their progress at the Australian GP after finishing third and fourth in an underperforming W13.
The British world champion praised his teammate George Russell after he secured the final step on the podium this afternoon.
“This weekend, we’ve had so many difficult moments with the car, so to get ourselves fifth and sixth in qualifying and to progress like we have, we definitely didn’t expect third and fourth,” he said.
“George did a great job today, I saw a bit of him racing Perez and I wish I could have been in it, but we’ll take these points and keep pushing.
“I couldn’t fight for third because the engine was overheating, so I had to back off.
“But as I said, we bagged as many points as we could as a team, so that’s great.”
A delighted George Russell spoke to Sky Sports after the race and said: “We’ve got to be in it to win it and capitalise from others’ misfortune.
“We got a bit lucky twice, but we’ll take it and there is so much work going on to try to get us back to the front.
“To be standing on the podium is special.”
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