With Mercedes displaying great pace at the Losail International Circuit, it was disappointing for the team to only come away from Sunday's race. Hamilton's collision with Russell left the seven-time world champion in the gravel, whilst the damage to Russell forced the Briton to pit on the opening lap and fight for a measly 12 points.
"I feel sorry for the team after what happened in Qatar," Russell told the media after the race.
"But personally this season the drivers' championship was a real disaster. Now, my goal is to finish second in the constructors' world championship.
"The Qatar GP was a great opportunity, but I am still convinced that we will achieve this goal."
Mercedes will be looking forward to the United States Grand Prix in Austin Texas after qualifying third and fourth and finishing second and fifth at last year's race.
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