After the incident, Russell, who is in his fifth season in Formula 1, came over the radio and fumed "What am I? A f*****g rookie?” following a series of expletive outbursts according to Sky Sports' reporter Ted Kravitz
Sainz ingenuity frustrates Russell
Both Mercedes drivers were on a fresh set of medium tyres, after the team took advantage of a virtual safety car to double stack their cars.
From then on it was all about Hamilton and Russell attacking the leaders and, when they managed to catch up to them with four laps to go, it seemed as though there was only going to be one result.
However, Sainz very cleverly used second place Norris as a buffer to the supremely quick Mercedes, purposely staying less than a second ahead of Norris in order to give him DRS in his defence of the Mercedes.
This tactic worked brilliantly for the both of them, and perhaps led to Russell getting a little frustrated behind. Speaking to Sky Sports F1 after the race, he gave a very honest evaluation of his performance.
“Yeah, no words to be honest," he said.
"Such a long race, physical race, difficult to keep concentration when Carlos was doing a great job backing the pack up, not allowing us to do the alternative strategy.
"I think we were half a cars length from winning the race, had I got past Lando when I had the opportunity, I think we would have been able to get past Carlos. Just the last lap, millimetre lapse of concentration and game over. Just say sorry to the whole team.
“It was a really challenging race. The tyres were dropping off, you’re pushing the limits. It’s how racing should be, you make a small mistake and you’re bitten for it.
"It’s heartbreaking after such a great weekend. Car has felt great, qualifying was great, the race was great. We were bold with the strategy. I feel like I've let myself down and the team down. That’s racing, it’s tough. We’ll come back.
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