George Russell: “I watched the incident 100 times”

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George Russell says he has watched the collision between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen at the British Grand Prix “100 times” before making his final judgment on whose fault it was.

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen collided at the British Grand Prix, which left Max in the barrier and out of the race, and Lewis with a ten-second penalty and two penalty points on his superlicence.

While Red Bull thought Hamilton should have been given a harsher penalty, most F1 personalities said it was just a racing incident.

George Russell says he watched the incident “100 times” and came to his definite conclusion.

“I watched the incident 100 times like everyone else,” the young Briton told Auto Motor und Sport.

“For me it was a racing accident. There was nothing malicious about it. Lewis is one of the cleanest and fairest drivers around.”

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Russell says it’s normal for him to rewatch his own races, because it’s sometimes hard to notice everything that’s going on while he’s in the car.

“I always watch my videos, check the data, and look for highlights. Just to understand what was going on.

“When you run your own race, you don’t know what is going to happen. When I drove around Copse, I didn’t even see Max in the tyre wall.

“I didn’t know that Sebastian had turned the corner before. I drove past him, saw the yellow flag, some dust in the air.

“When I checked the data afterwards, I noticed that it was Vettel who had turned up three positions in front of me. That was interesting.

“You are so focused on your job that you sometimes miss out on clear things,” concluded Russell.

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