Karun Chandhok suggests how Lewis Hamilton may react to Russell claims

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Karun Chandhok has claimed Lewis Hamilton may “agree” with George Russell after the former Williams driver hit back at the seven-time champion. It comes after the pair publicly disagreed over Hamilton’s lack of pace in Saudi Arabia.

After the race in Jeddah, the Mercedes champion said Russell had been lucky to pick the right strategy. However, Russell bit back at the remark in Australia as he revealed his set-up decision were down to skill.

Chandhok supported Russell’s viewpoint and stressed the lack of pace in Jeddah could carry over for a second weekend. He told Sky Sports F1: “I think [Hamilton] might actually agree. I’m a firm believer in the sport that there is no real such thing as good luck.

“There is only good preparation. I think George seemed to be alluding to the same fact. You get bad luck sometimes when things break but reality is the teams have to put in the groundwork.

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“I think in Lewis’ case he never got to a point in Jeddah when he was happy and comfortable with the car. He was working on his side of the pits as hard as George’s side I’m sure but they just never found that sweet spot which George did.

“That will be a bit of a concern as this track, Melbourne, was modified last year. It’s now quite a fast layout. Not quite as fast as Saudi Arabia but still pretty quick and therefore the demands of the car aren’t a million miles away from what we saw two weeks ago.

“Certainly Lewis and his engineers will be looking to correct whatever issues they had last time out.” Hamilton struggled to P5 in Jeddah behind Russell who closed to within two points in the Drivers’ Championship.

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But, the 38-year-old refused to accept he was responsible for the poor showing and instead blamed the car. He explained: “There was like a 50:50 choice. I chose one way, he chose another.

“More often than not, the way he went was the wrong one, but it just happened to work, so I could only match his pace rather than be quicker.” However, Russell corrected the record in Albert Park as he shut down suggestions the set-up was decided by a coin-flip.

Russell commented: “I don’t think there’s any luck in it at all. I think it’s down to the preparation you put in before the event.

“The changes we made overnight [after practice], I knew that was going to be the right direction with the work we did with the team, and I believed it was going to be better than the set-up that Lewis opted for.”

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