A Day to Forget for George in the Singapore Grand Prix
George Russell failed to see the chequered flag at the Singapore Grand Prix, with the ROKiT Williams Racing driver emerging as the victim of an incident amidst the heat and humidity of Marina Bay.
After one week off following the Italian Grand Prix, Formula One headed to the tight and twisty city streets of the Marina Bay Street Circuit for the Singapore Grand Prix.
Heat and humidity dominated the weekend and in Qualifying, George impressed once more, outpacing team-mate Robert Kubica for the 15th time this season to maintain his perfect record in 2019.
Elevated to 17th on the starting grid following an exclusion for Daniel Ricciardo, George secured a strong getaway, only to pick up damage in Turn 1, getting sandwiched between Ricciardo and Kubica.
Pitting for repairs, George fought back through the field, benefiting from punctures for Carlos Sainz Jr, Ricciardo and pit stops for Kubica and Romain Grosjean to move into 16th position.
Duelling with Grosjean, George’s race came to a premature end, with the pair colliding in Turn 8 while the Briton came out worse with terminal damage, retiring for the first time in his Formula One career.
George Russell - ROKiT Williams Racing Driver
“It was a rubbish race from the start; I got sandwiched at the first corner with Robert and Daniel (Ricciardo), which was just one of those things. As the race went on our pace seemed good, but then Grosjean went for the overtake on the entry of turn eight.
At the apex we were side by side, I had the inside momentum and then come to the exit I was well ahead of him. At that point it’s the guy on the outside that needs to concede the corner. Next thing, his front right has hit my rear left and I am in the wall. What looked like a fairly decent weekend ended up as a missed opportunity.”
The 2019 Formula One season will continue from September 27-29 for the Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom.
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