George Russell thinks Sergio Perez deserved a penalty at the French GP

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George Russell gives his take on his battle with Sergio Perez at the French Grand Prix, which ended with Perez leaving the track.

After battling Sergio Perez for most of the French Grand Prix, George Russell managed to finish the race in P3.

The Briton ultimately manage to overtake Perez with a brilliant move after a Virtual Safety Car period in the closing stages of the race.

“I’m absolutely sweating now, it was a long, tough race,” Russell said afterwards.

“The pace was strong but we really struggled with that restart and Checo [Perez] was all over me, but I was glad to see that chequered flag.”

Russell and Perez were involved in another controversial battle earlier in the race, when the Briton attempted an overtake into Turn 8.

Russell was taking the inside line, while Perez attempted to reduce his space, and ultimately had to cut across the chicane to avoid a collision.


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The stewards decided not to take any action, but Russell immediately told his team that he thought Perez had to concede the position.

After the race the Briton said he believes the rules indicate Perez should have been penalized.

“I saw him [Perez] struggling when Sainz got past him on his one opportunity,” George said.

“For me, I was down the inside, and the rules are pretty clear; it’s from front wheel to rear wheel when you’re on the inside.

“That’s what I had, he didn’t really leave me much space, but nevertheless, I carried on, brought it home in P3, and it’s two podiums for Mercedes.

“It’s great,” Russell concluded.

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