George Russell says he left his car to see if Zhou Guanyu was ok, and asked the marshals not to move his car. They did it anyway and it prevented him from competing in the race.
George Russell was involved in a huge multi-car crash at the beginning of the British Grand Prix, which turned very scary after Zhou Guanyu’s car was catapulted into the barrier. This caused the race to be red flagged while the cars and the debris are removed.
George left his car to check on Zhou, and asked the marshals not to move it. Since they moved it anyway and took it back to the pits, it meant that he received outside assistance and he was not permitted to get back in the race after the red flag period.
After the race George was not happy about this.
“We started on the hard tyre because I made a mistake in qualifying and we thought that risk gave us the best opportunity later in the race but there was just very little grip at the start,” the Briton explained.
“It’s the hardest compound, it’s cold out there and I got swamped by all the cars. Next thing I know I got touched, I was in the side of Zhou, and that was it.
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“I jumped out the car to see if Zhou was okay and I saw it was red flagged straight away but when I came back to the car, I couldn’t quite get it started for whatever reason, so I ran back to the team to check.
“I asked the marshals to leave the car and next thing, when I got back, the car was on the back of the flatbed which meant I couldn’t restart.
“It was obviously frustrating for my race because the car just had the puncture and there’s no doubt we had the pace to come back to P6 today, but I’m just glad that Zhou was OK,” the Briton concluded.
Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff was also disappointed, but accepts the rules are the rules.
“It was disappointing for George not to be in the race because the car pace was good but that’s the regulation so it is what it is, unfortunately,” the Austrian said.