BREAKING: George Russell receives three-place grid penalty

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George Russell has been handed a three-place grid penalty for the United States Grand Prix Sprint Race, for impeding Charles Leclerc in the Sprint Shootout.

George Russell qualified in P8 for the United States Grand Prix Sprint Race, but after receiving a three-place grid penalty, he will start the race from P11.

The Briton was handed the penalty after he was found guilty of impeding Charles Leclerc in the United States Grand Prix Sprint Shootout.

“Car 63 (Russell) entered the last two corners preparing for his flying lap at the end of SQ1 with car 16 (Leclerc) closing in quickly,” a statement from the FIA read.

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“Whilst the team did inform the driver about the closing car a few seconds in advance, there was no further information directly before car 63 entered Turn 19 with car 16 right behind.

“Car 63 did not move from the racing line in or after Turn 19 and therefore unnecessarily impeded car 16.

“The stewards note that irrespective of any information coming from the team, it is the driver’s responsibility to ensure that no other cars are unnecessarily impeded,” the statement concluded.

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