Russell: Top 10 finish in Brazil wasn't meant to be
George Russell admits to being disappointed at narrowly missing out on his first-ever top-half finish after his performance at the Brazilian Grand Prix, but says it simply “wasn’t meant to be” on the day.
In the latter stages of the race at Interlagos, a safety car period was introduced after the retirements of Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc, resulting in the grid being bunched into a closer group which benefited Russell, who had previously been lapped.
When the green flag eventually came to race, it was with just two laps remaining, allowing everyone to try their hand with a sprint to the finish.
It presented Russell’s best opportunity to finish in the top 10 in his F1 career so far, but he ended up just 1.6 seconds adrift.
“It was quite a long lonely race to start with and then suddenly it was all kicking off in front,” Russell said after the result in Brazil.
“It was nice to finally be in the mix and within that battle. But I mean everyone’s pace when they are battling is our pace when we go flat out.
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