Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff was left extremely disappointed on what was a 'bruising' Saturday for Mercedes, after a promising start to the sprint gave way to being overtaken on several occasions.
Hamilton finished P7 with Russell in fourth, trailing third-placed Sergio Perez by 12.262 seconds.
Wolff: It's been a bruising day
Speaking to Sky Sports F1 after the race, Wolff lamented their sprint performance and indicated that the car's balance may have been off.
“I think we pushed very hard at the beginning," he said. "The car was not balanced right and then you put in some sliding and it just killed the tyres. It’s what happened to George in Mexico.
“I think we a little bit too weak of a rear end and then it’s balancing them on the knife’s edge, trying to hold onto the pace. It’s maybe something we need to learn for tomorrow, but a bruising day.
“I don’t think that there is a major screw you can turn and everything is fixed. Everything went against us today, we need to really scratch our heads hard, what we can do for tomorrow and improve. I don’t care about the past. Today wasn’t good.”
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