Russell wants to become Mr Sunday

Jamie Woodhouse

George Russell working to become a more rounded driver on race days.

Williams’ George Russell says he is working on becoming a more all-round driver on race day, and Imola showed that.

The Briton had an embarrassing accident at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix when he lost control of his FW43 behind the Safety Car and slammed into the wall, ending his race.

But in a bizarre way, that highlighted how Russell is trying to become a more competitive driver in a race by always being on the limit.

“My Sundays are a day that I’ve needed to improve and find more confidence and just push myself and the car to its absolute limits, and that also goes under the Safety Car,” he told Sky F1.

“I was driving very aggressively, I had Kimi and Sebastian behind me on brand new tyres, and I knew that unless I did my utmost to keep those tyres working they were going to pass me at the restart.

“So I was driving as hard as I could and before I knew it I was in the wall.

“This was probably my first major major mistake in Formula 1. I’ve obviously made many mistakes over the last 18 months but minor things.

“I think I’ll look back on this moment and I hope it will make me into a more rounded driver.”

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Russell cut a dejected figure as he had a Mika Hakkinen-esque moment at the side of the Imola track after his mistake.

Asked what was going through his head at that moment, Russell replied: “Disbelief, to be honest.

“I couldn’t believe what had just happened. I think I probably reacted in the same way as if I was fighting for a win or in last place because it was just so odd.

“I didn’t [cry]. I probably could have, I really wanted to, but did my best to hold it together.

“Following the weekend it really made me think about the racing approach.

“I think racing sometimes rewards the risk-takers, sometimes rewards the more cautious approach, and it then made me think ‘where do we draw the line?

“‘Do I be more cautious on my quali lap in fear of a mistake? Do the team be more cautious at a pit stop?’ We are all racers and are absolutely here to push the boundary and mistakes are going to come with that.

“I think, following Imola, do I regret what happened? Absolutely. Will it change my approach moving forward? No, I don’t think so.”

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