Russell: No hard feelings after Kimi crash

Michelle Foster
George Russell

George Russell says he has “no hard feelings” towards Kimi Raikkonen despite the Finn taking him out of the Eifel Grand Prix.

Russell was involved in a three-way battle with former World Champions Sebastian Vettel and Raikkonen, and was holding his own at the Eifel Grand Prix.

However, it came to nought when Raikkonen got it wrong, crashing into the side of the Williams driver and sending him briefly airborne.

Russell retired from the race while Raikkonen was able to continue.

“It was obviously frustrating,” he told

“I actually overtook Sebastian in the chicane before, but he then got the run on me on the exit – which I don’t think was shown on the TV – which allowed him to have the DRS.

“And obviously Kimi was behind, I was on the outside. I left plenty of space, but I think Kimi just locked up behind Sebastian, and then lost the rear.

“Sometimes it’s racing. We are all pushing hard and it’s not easy sometimes, but it’s frustrating because the car was feeling good and the way the race went, I think we could have scored points.

“So it’s all going against us at the moment, unfortunately.”

He added: “I think in an F1 car, especially when you’re following it’s so easy to have a small lock up, and that obviously was the reason as to why he locked up, went wide, oversteered and went into me.

“So no hard feelings. It’s racing.

“But it’s obviously frustrating from my side.”

George Russell

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Sunday’s result means the 22-year-old is up to 32 grand prix starts without a single World Championship point.

The driver is hoping to change that before the end of the season but concedes the Williams car “just isn’t quick enough”.

“In all honesty I’m realistic,” he said, “and obviously as nice as it would be to score a point or two or three, ultimately the car just isn’t quick enough, and we need to continue to work really hard to bring more performance to the car. Because we don’t want to be looking into these events, we want to be there on merit.

“And ultimately that’s where we are at the moment and for the likes of Haas and Alfa, things have just gone their way really, in these races. They are no quicker than us and I don’t personally believe they’ve done anything better than us.

“Things have just gone their way when it’s been these very specific opportunities. And it hasn’t for us. There’s been a number of times when we’ve had really good races and finished quite high up the order relatively, but there haven’t been five midfield cars break down, which is the difference between scoring points or not.

“So it’s a shame. Like I say, I think as a race team, we did our things really well. We are getting the most out of our package. We just need to get some more downforce on the car to get us in those positions more often.”

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