Mercedes mock themselves after Lewis Hamilton and George Russell crash in qualifying

It was a choice between laughing or crying for Mercedes after qualifying at the Austrian Grand Prix.

The Mercedes social media admin had some fun at their own expense after qualifying at the Austrian Grand Prix after both Sir Lewis Hamilton and George Russell and Sir Lewis Hamilton crashed.

Hamilton caused the first red flag of qualifying in the final session when he lost the back end at Turn Seven, sliding straight on into the barrier as a result.

After the session went green again, the 24-year-old was sent back out, and he too lost the rear at Turn 10 on his effort, spinning backwards into the wall and causing an extensive repair job for the mechanics overnight.

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Ahead of the final session, the Mercedes admin tweeted a picture of Toto Wolff smiling at the camera in the garage, and captioned it “this is going to be fun.”

Following the crashes for both their drivers, they replied to their tweet by saying “this did not age well,” along with a broken heart emoji, before quote Tweeting it and saying “it was not [fun].”

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The drivers were apologetic to the team after their crashes, with Hamilton devastated having had the pace to trouble Ferrari and Red Bull

“Incredibly disappointed in myself ultimately,” he told Lawrence Barretto after qualifying. 

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“And, so sorry to the team, everyone worked so hard to put this car together and I never like to bring it back damaged. 

“We were fighting for top three I think, and I don’t have an answer for it. 

“I just lost the back end in Turn Seven and that was that.” 

The seven-time champion will start the sprint race ninth after Sergio Perez’s penalty for exceeding track limits in Q2, while Russell is set to line up P4, so all is not lost.

“Sorry to the team and the guys in the garage,” said the 24-year-old.

“I feel okay physically, hopefully the car is okay. We ordinarily have better race pace and we are definitely there in the fight, so maybe we’re in a good place for the race.”

Perez was demoted to P13 as a result of going off the circuit on the run that lifted him into the top 10 on Friday.