George Russell’s podium hopes end in dramatic last-lap crash in Singapore

Henry Valantine
Mercedes driver George Russell looks tense ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix sprint race. Styria, July 2023.

Mercedes driver George Russell looks tense ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix sprint race. Styria, July 2023.

George Russell crashed on the last lap of the Singapore Grand Prix as he challenged Lando Norris for second place on the road with only a few corners to go.

The Mercedes driver was following Norris into Turn 10 on fresher, medium tyres compared to used hards for the McLaren man in front, but appeared to tag the wall and he went skating onwards into the run-off area.

Russell let out an exasperated ‘NO!’ on team radio as he crashed into the barrier, having been the fastest driver on track for much of the final third of the race.

George Russell: ‘Let myself down’ after last-lap crash

This crash promoted team-mate Lewis Hamilton onto the podium in Singapore, with Carlos Sainz holding on for a dramatic victory at Marina Bay on Sunday and Norris clinging on to second.

But having had time to reflect on the incident, the Briton was clearly frustrated with how he managed to end his race prematurely, particularly with how he was targetting a victory at Marina Bay on Sunday.

“No words, to be honest,” an emotional Russell told Sky Sports F1 after the race.

“Such a long race, physical race, difficult to keep concentration when Carlos was doing a great job backing the pack up, not allowing us to do the alternative strategy. recommends

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“I think we were half a car’s length from winning the race had I got past Lando when I had the opportunity.

“I think we’d have been able to get past Carlos and then just the last lap, a millimetre lapse of concentration and game over. So yeah, I’m just so sorry to the whole team.

“It was a really challenging race. You know, the tyres are dropping off and you’re pushing the limits.

“It’s how racing should be, you make a small mistake here and you’re bitten for it – but it’s heartbreaking after such a great weekend.

“The car’s felt great, qualifying was great, the race was great, we were bold with the strategy, I feel like I let myself down and the team down. It’s tough, but we’ll come back.”

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