Mercedes were a bit puzzled by the reaction of George Russell in F1 Spanish GP when he talked about feeling rain drops.

It was quite the moment in F1 Spanish GP when Mercedes’ Russell claimed of light rain that he felt. It wasn’t the case of rain but more his sweat which turned out to be an embarrassing situation for the Brit post race when he understood the situation.

“I had my hair dangling down in the first stint, I think I didn’t quite get it in my balaclava and that was annoying me because it was in my peripheral vision,” said Russell. “And then as I was sweating because it wasn’t in my balaclava, it was dripping down onto my face.

“And then when I was braking, it was coming onto my visor so with the grey clouds, and then the spots of water on the visor I thought it was rain. So that was a bit of a bit of an embarrassing one. But moving on,” summed up Russell.

The team were too puzzled by the call made by Russell. “At first, we were quite puzzled. We wouldn’t have expected it in turn five and we couldn’t see anything on the radar,” said Andrew Shovlin. “He was asking again, saying that it was still light, and it was quite good that he managed to work this one out for himself.

“If he hadn’t told us that it was actually drops of sweat on his visor, I think we would have been still puzzled working out where this rain had come from and why it was only George that was noticing it and none of the other drivers.”

There was also a moment of joke between Russell and his race engineer when the Brit passed Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz. His engineer praised the move, but the Brit came back to question if it was ‘just nice’ or more than that.

“I think it was just a bit of a joke with Marcus, because we have a bit of back and forth I think,” said Russell. “Toto likes the big radio messages of encouragement. And Marcus and I sometimes say… just be nice and calm in a situation is sometimes the best way to get the result. But yeah, it was a pretty decent move on Carlos and yeah, I thought it was a little bit more than solid, but it’s just good laugh.”

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