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Formula One driver George Russell from Tydd St Giles crashes out of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in Imola




Formula One driver George Russell felt that the unfortunate incident that saw him crash out of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix on Sunday could have been avoided.

Russell - who hails from Tydd St Giles - saw his race ended in Imola after coming into contact with Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas after attempting to overtake the Finnish driver.

The duo spun off the track in the lap 32 incident which ended the race for the pair and brought out a red flag for the remaining drivers.

George Russell (46299062)
George Russell (46299062)

Russell said: ‍“I think it was a very unfortunate incident and one that could have been avoided.

"Valtteri was defending hard and he is in his right to do so. The track was going left and he was going straight.

"He then jolted very slightly to the right which is a tactical defence that drivers have used in the past.

"There is a gentleman's agreement that it is something you don't do because it is incredibly dangerous.

"I would have been fine in completely dry conditions, but it put me onto the wet patch where I lost it.

"It was an unfortunate incident, but we are going at 200mph and you need to respect the speed and the conditions.

"In these conditions with one dry line, it only had one outcome. It is frustrating but that is Formula One."

Russell had set out to rectify his mistakes from last season at the Italian circuit where he crashed out of the points behind a safety car.

He had utilised his stellar 12th spot qualifying position to move up a place despite the wet conditions.

After a crash for team-mate Nicholas Latifi brought out the yellow flags and safety car, Russell maintained his 11th position.

But, once the safety car was brought in, he was able to catch the Alpha Tauri of Pierre Gasly to take 10th spot and a place in the points.

With the rain departing and the track quickly drying by lap 26 of 63, Russell dispatched the wet Pirelli tyres and pitted to switch to the medium compound rubber and re-emerged in 10th position.

As the laps ticked by, Russell continued to make progress and closed the gap between himself and Bottas until lap 32 as he tried to make a move around the outside of the Finn where the crash ended the race and hopes for both drivers.

Russell will now return to the track in Portugal for the next round on Sunday, May 2.



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