Five-place penalty for Russell after FP3 crash

Mark Scott
George Russell

George Russell

George Russell’s Williams FW42 car requires a new gearbox following his FP3 crash, meaning a five-place grid penalty has been incurred.

The FW42 did not fancy taking Turn 4 at all during the final stages of third practice, prompting Russell to slide out of control and bash the back of his car into the barriers.

Both Williams cars had only just been put all back together again after costly accidents in Baku, and another patch-up job was required by the Williams mechanics ahead of qualifying.

Given that the Williams car is so far off the pace, the penalty means P20 on the starting grid is pretty much reserved for the Brit.. He is set to go from the back of the grid…to the back of the grid.

Russell is currently the second driver to be hit with a penalty,  joining Daniel Ricciardo who has a three-place grid drop to contend with after reverse crashing into Daniil Kvyat in Baku.

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