Russell's points finish made good of a seemingly dire situation for Mercedes, with the British driver expressing frustration over the team radio, believing his race was also over.
However, Mercedes chief Lord has conceded that this is the worst-case scenario for the team but also acknowledged that Russell's comeback performance was commendable.
"Worst possible start and the worst possible thing that can happen for a race team to see your two cars collide,” Lord said to Sky Sports after the race. “For sure, on Lap 1 with George at the back and Lewis in the gravel, things didn't look brilliant at all.
“To turn that around with George in P4 and outscoring Ferrari on an afternoon was not something we could have hoped for once we were one lap into the race. What might have been is clear to see.”
Lord also added that Mercedes are in contention with the teams they are challenging for second place in the constructors' championship.
“We were right on the pace of the McLarens, probably not within striking distance of Max,” he added. “But there's a double podium that could have been today.
“Ifs, buts and maybes don't really count in this sport, so we will take what we have got and be happy with that, but it could have been so much more."
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