Collision ends George’s race in Jeddah
An unavoidable collision with another driver ended George’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix prematurely in Formula One’s penultimate race of the 2021 season.
Under the floodlights of the Jeddah Corniche Circuit, George lined up in P14 on a set of Medium compound Pirelli tyres.
As the lights went out, George dropped to P17, losing three positions as the pack went into Turn One on lap one of the 50 lap race.
On lap four, George began his battle with the Aston Martin of Lance Stroll for P16 as the duo continued to swap places back and forth.
During lap 9, George pitted to switch from the Mediums to the Hard tyres, rejoining in P18 ahead of Stroll as the pair resumed their battle.
A red flag on lap 14 due to a crash for the Haas of Mick Schumacher sent the pack into the pits as the barrier was repaired.
Once the track was clear and the barrier was repaired, the field returned to the grid for a standing start.
Unfortunately, as George attempted to avoid a collision ahead of him on track, he was hit from behind and taken out of the race on lap 15.
George Russell – Williams Racing Driver
I came through the small kink of turn three and there were cars everywhere. I hit the brakes to slow down and unfortunately, I got hit from behind, was up in the air and that was our day over. It’s a shame but with such a narrow track that is so fast, and with the size of these cars, an accident is almost inevitable.
Heading to Abu Dhabi, we need to find a bit more speed from the car so we can be battling a little higher up the field. It’s my last race with Williams next week and I want to finish on a high.
Formula One returns for the finale of the 2021 season with FP1 for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Friday, December 10 at 9:30am GMT.