George Russell after last-lap crash at Singapore: No words to express it

George Russell after last-lap crash at Singapore: "No words to express it"

17 September - 15:57 Last update: 16:09

George Russell has said he is "sorry to the whole team" after he crashed out from third place at the Singapore Grand Prix in what was a grandstand finish.

Russell stayed in the fight for a podium throughout the race after starting from P2, battling with his Lando Norris and teammate Lewis Hamilton. But on the final lap, he clipped the inside wall with only a few corners left, which meant he ended up in the barriers. Speaking to Sky Sports after the race, Russell was devastated. "No words to express it. It was such a long and physical race that it was difficult to keep concentration when Carlos was doing a great job backing up, he was not allowing us to do the alternative strategy. I think we were half a car's length from winning the race. Had I got past Lando, we would have had the opportunity. I think we would have been able to get past Carlos and then just the last lap. But after a millimetre lapse of concentration, it was game over. Just so sorry to the whole team, really."

Explaining the crash

Russell was also asked how the crash came about but also said the car was great to drive. "It was a really challenging race," Russell said. "The tyres are dropping off, and you're pushing the limits. It's how a race should be. You make a small mistake, and you're bitten for it, but it's heartbreaking. After such a great weekend, the car felt great, qualifying was great, the race was great, and we were bold with the strategy. I feel like I let myself and the team down. Racing is tough, but we'll come back. 

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