Contact Ends George's Eifel Grand Prix Prematurely
It was an early exit from the inaugural Eifel GP for George after contact at Turn 1 resulted in broken suspension and a puncture, forcing him to abandon his stricken Williams on Lap 14.
After starting from P17, George was showing strong pace and making good progress at the Nürburgring circuit, as he battled closely battled with Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Räikkönen before an error from the Finnish veteran saw him lock up and lose the rear of his car, crashing into colliding hard with George.
The resulting damage proved too sever to be able to bring the car back to the pits and, unfortunately, forced George to be retire from the race.
George Russell – Williams Racing Driver
“It was a very frustrating way to finish the Eifel Grand Prix. I was racing with Sebastian (Vettel), and Kimi (Raikkonen)was close behind. I overtook Sebastian in the corner before, but he got the DRS to re-pass me. Kimi was close behind fighting with us, he made the mistake, lost the car and crashed into me which damaged the car and gave us a puncture.There was too much damage to bring it home and we had to retire the car, but that’s just racing sometimes.
Up until then, the car was feeling was good and we were on pace with the guys around us. We were on a slightly different strategy to those we were racing, so there were opportunities there. It is a shame because the way that this race has panned out there was definitely an opportunity there.”
George will return to track for the Portuguese Grand Prix on 23 October.