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‘I wanted to see if I could help’ – Russell on his post-Zhou crash reaction, and why he was frustrated not to take the restart | Formula 1®

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George Russell has described his collision with Zhou Guanyu initially of the British Grand Prix, which despatched the Chinese driver’s Alfa Romeo flying into the catch fencing, as “horrible to see” – whereas opening up on why he rushed over to assist the marshals, and why he was annoyed to not have the ability to take additional half within the race._

Russell certified in eighth and was the one driver to begin the race on the arduous tyres, with the hope of combating for the rostrum on the finish of the Grand Prix. And the Mercedes driver believes that call price him efficiency initially – and performed a contributing issue within the crash with Zhou and AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly.

“We took a gamble starting on the hards because I didn’t do a good enough job in qualifying, and we were starting out of position,” mentioned Russell. “We felt prefer it was our greatest alternative to battle for a podium right now, and it was.

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“But we knew it would have been very difficult on Lap 1 and it turned out to be extremely difficult. I couldn’t get any temperatures on the tyres on the formation lap, and I just got swamped by all the cars and next thing I know I got a touch from behind, [went] in the side of Zhou and we saw the rest.”

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After the crash, the race was crimson flagged and all of the remaining drivers lined up within the pit lane, however Russell was seen working in direction of Zhou’s Alfa Romeo, earlier than standing on the boundaries and beckoning the marshals to return to his support – with the Chinese driver needing to be extracted from his automobile, which was mendacity on its facet.

And Russell – one of many directors in the Grand Prix Drivers Association – opened up on his determination to run and attempt to assist Zhou, whereas including that he would have favored the prospect to retake the beginning in his Mercedes W13.

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“I saw the race was red flagged, so I knew it was safe to jump out,” mentioned Russell. “I needed to go see if [Zhou] was okay and if I may have helped in anyway. When I got here again, I couldn’t get the automobile turned on, however I don’t know, there was no motive why I shouldn’t have been capable of as a result of the automobile was wonderful.

“I ran back to the team to check and when I came back, the car was on the flat bed [truck] already. I asked the marshal to make sure that they didn’t pick the car up and as it turned out there was nothing wrong with the car bar a puncture. It’s really frustrating because we had the pace to definitely come back through to P6 as a minimum. So many emotions… [but] glad to see that Zhou is doing okay. It’s horrible to see an incident like that.”

Meanwhile, on Twitter, present IndyCar racer Callum Ilott paid tribute to Russell’s courageous actions after the crash, writing: “The first time I flipped a go kart, [George] stopped on track to lift it off of me. He’s always been a good egg since day 1, great role model for anyone.”

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