Russell says crash “won’t happen when we’re fighting for a championship”

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Lewis Hamilton reveals he contacted George Russell to provide support after his Singapore Grand Prix crash, and George says a mistake like that “won’t happen when we’re fighting for a championship”.

George Russell shockingly crashed into the barrier in the final lap of the Singapore Grand Prix, while pursuing Lando Norris for P2.

Now, ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix, he revealed a call from Mercedes’ Trackside Engineering Director Andrew Shovlin helped him get over his mistake.

“Sunday night, Shov gave me a phone call and he basically said: ‘Look don’t worry about it, the only reason we were there and had a chance of victory was because of the amazing job you did the whole weekend,’” George told Sky Sports F1.

“So that gave me a lot of peace of mind, and I knew that myself.”

“We went all-in for the victory, we were pushing ourselves above and beyond every single lap, we’re going against the best drivers in the world and on a circuit like that you’ve only got to make a mistake by a couple of centimetres and you’re off.”

George then reflected on how the incident happened.

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“[I] clearly just sort of followed him [Norris, who also touched a wall at the same spot] and did it even more. I’ve got to be honest, it’s history now.

“I am here to fight for victories, I am here to fight for championships. This year we’re not fighting for a championship and we want to go all in for a victory and make sure we secure that second place.

“But I can tell you it won’t happen when we’re fighting for a championship,” the Briton concluded.

Lewis Hamilton also revealed he contacted the young Briton after the incident, when asked by journalists if he provided any support.

“He’s a grown man, so it’s for him to go through his own process but of course, I support him both internally…,” Lewis said.

“I messaged him, as we do when we’ve both had difficult weekends just to say ‘you’ll come back’, and just try to shine a bit of positivity.

“Because we all know what it’s like when you have a difficult weekend,” Hamilton concluded.

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