Heartbroken George Russell feels ‘sorry’ for Mercedes as he crashes out from the podium at the Singapore GP

George Russell lost out on a podium at Singapore after crashing out on the final lap.


Heartbroken George Russell feels ‘sorry’ for Mercedes as he crashes out from the podium at the Singapore GP

George Russell (image via IMAGO)

George Russell had a disastrous end to the Singapore GP. The Mercedes driver was battling for the lead in the final stages of the race. However, things did not go well for the British driver as he binned it into the barriers on the last lap. Now, Russell has expressed his disappointment for an unfortunate result at the Marina Bay Circuit.

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The 25-year-old was lost for words after he crashed out of the race. George Russell mentioned that it was a tough race physically as well. The Singapore GP is infamous for being one of the most challenging races due to the extreme temperatures. The Mercedes driver claimed he would’ve been just half a car away from the win if he had passed Lando Norris.

Russell told SkySports, “l: No words, to be honest. Such a long race, a physical race. I think we were half a car’s length away from winning the race had I got past Lando.” The 25-year-old believed he would’ve passed race leader Carlos Sainz swiftly, but a loss in concentration led to him binning it into the wall. He stated, “I think we could have got past Carlos on the last lap, but a momentary lapse of concentration. I feel sorry for the team.”

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George Russell’s race ends in disappointment while Lewis Hamilton takes third place

The two Mercedes pitted at the ending stages of the Singapore GP to overtake the race leaders with fresher tires. This strategy seemed to work as both George Russell and Lewis Hamilton quickly caught up with Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris. However, Norris managed to fend off the Silver Arrows courtesy of the DRS.

George Russell crashed his Mercedes into the barriers at the Singapore GP (Credits: @F1/Twitter)
George Russell crashed his Mercedes into the barriers at the Singapore GP (SS: F1TV)

Subsequently, Russell grew frustrated behind the McLaren. This led to the 25-year-old making a last-ditch attempt to overtake Lando Norris. However, the Mercedes driver lost control and drove his car straight into the barriers. However, Lewis Hamilton in the other Mercedes benefitted from his teammate’s crash as he took third place in the race.

George Russell will need to put this incident aside and move on as F1 heads to Japan next weekend. The Mercedes driver lost the best opportunity to take a race victory so far this season. However, on the bright side, the Silver Arrows demonstrated staggering pace on fresher tires during the last few laps of the Grand Prix. Certainly, a good takeaway for the Brackley-based team.

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