Lewis Hamilton consoles George Russell after a costly mistake

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At the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Williams’ George Russell made a costly mistake and ended up in the wall during the Safety Car period.

Russell had a chance to finish in the points for the first time in his career, but it was not to be. Immediately following the incident Russell could be seen sitting next to the track, waving off track marshals in frustration and desperation.

After the race the Briton revealed he made a “stupid mistake” by being “super aggressive”.

“It was a race that I was pushing as hard as I could from lap one until then, the most aggressive I’ve ever been,” said Russell.

“And I wanted to continue that under the safety car because I knew that with the guys behind me on the hot new tyres, myself on the old tyres, if I had any chance of getting a point, I needed to be super aggressive.

“And obviously, as soon as I lost the car, I was already in the wall, and it’s just gutting. Obviously really sorry to all the guys.”

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Later he wrote this on social media:

“I’ll never forget this day, this mistake. I’ll learn from it, be stronger for it. I’m so sorry, to the whole team.

“No excuses,” concluded the Briton.

Russell’s message prompted Lewis Hamilton to respond.

“George, you were giving it your all,” wrote the six-time champion.

“It’s ok to make mistakes and it’s ok to feel the pain. I’ve made more than I can remember. You’re great bud.

“Keep your head up and keep pushing, on to the next one,” concluded Hamilton.

Russell and Hamilton had the opportunity to work together and socialise, as the young Briton is a part of Mercedes’ junior driver programme.

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