Jenson Button blasts George Russell for making the ‘wrong call’ after Canadian GP gamble

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Jenson Button has claimed George Russell’s decision to gamble on the soft tyres at the end of Q3 was the “wrong call”. He hit back at Russell’s call, adding that it wasn’t a confident decision by the former Williams man.

Speaking on Sky Sports F1, he said: “I don’t think it was confidence, I think it was the wrong call.” Russell looked to have the pace to beat team-mate Hamilton throughout qualifying but took a late gamble for slicks on a drying track. 

However, it backfired with the former Williams man losing control and spinning out at turn two on his flying lap. He knocked his rear wing on the barrier, damaging the car and stopping him from trying a second run. 

It means Russell will only start eighth for tomorrow’s race, putting his record of finishing inside the top-five at every race under threat. After qualifying, he said: “High risk, high reward, I think it was literally just turn one. Had that been as dry as other corners we could have been in a really good place.”

Hamilton will start the race from fourth after putting together a lap together in the dying stages. It looked as if Hamilton’s run was good enough for the front row before he was pipped at the end by Fernando Alonso and Carlos Sainz. 

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