George Russell explains Sprint Shootout incident with Hamilton

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George Russell says Belgian Grand Prix Sprint Shootout was “a s***show from start to finish, especially my side“, and explains what led to him hampering Lewis Hamilton‘s lap.

The Belgian Grand Prix Sprint Shootout did not go the way Mercedes had hoped, with Lewis Hamilton qualifying in P7 and George Russell in P10.

Additionally, Lewis’ final SQ3 lap was essentially ruined because George did not move for him quickly enough.

After the session the young Briton explained what happened.

“Don’t really know what to say,” George said.

“That was a s***show from start to finish, especially my side. It was a total mess from start to finish, to be honest.

“I was surprised we got to SQ3 because there were so many mistakes on my side.

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“A bit of miscommunication at the end with Lewis and we thought we had more time on the clock than we expected.

“I was too close to the car in front and Lewis was too close to me. A bad, bad session.

“We thought we weren’t going to make the lap because the clock was running down but there was definitely more time on the clock than we foresaw.

“Max was the last car across the line, I am sure it was close for him, but a total mess this weekend really – it is not going to plan.

“I hope we can make a bit of a recovery in the races. Single-lap qualifying has been rubbish,” Russell concluded.

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