Toto Wolff praised Hamilton for how he obliged to the request though, insisting to crash.net that there was no issue between the two drivers as a result. Asked whether there were any fears that issues would stem from prioritising Russell, the Mercedes chief responded: “Absolutely not. George was a stop ahead. To see two teammates, both on very good levels, they are both so straightforward. That is good at such a difficult moment.”
Reviewing the overall performance of Hamilton, he continued to motorsport.com: “He came from P13 with a car that was really not easy. In the end, he had a really good pace and even overtook a Ferrari. And when you come from P13 sixth that’s very good.”
It remains to be seen whether Mercedes can use the momentum from Miami to improve further ahead of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, though it is hard to envision the team making enough progress made before May 21 so that Hamilton and Russell can battle it out for the podium finishes.