George Russell forced to abandon car during F1 pre-season testing in blow to Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes

GEORGE RUSSELL was forced to abandon his Mercedes Formula One car during pre-season testing after suffering a hydraulics failure. Russell and team boss Toto Wolff have been talking up the performance of their car ahead of the new season. The hydraulics failure left Russell unable to change gear or use power steering. The Brit could not shift up or down from fourth gear and had to abandon the car on track. The team later said on Twitter: “We’ve confirmed it was a hydraulic failure that caused George’s car to stop on track. “We definitely believe that eventually we will have a car capable of getting into that fight.

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