Having qualified a respectable fifth during Friday qualifying, Russell was handed a three-place grid penalty after Saturday's sprint shootout for impeding Ferrari's Charles Leclerc, meaning he started the sprint race down in 11th.
“I haven’t watched it back," he told media after the sprint race.
"It was a fair penalty and obviously Oscar lost a position when they asked us to reinvert it and then it was a bit of a shame that I couldn’t get past Carlos.
"He was just quick in, the two corners that he was quicker than me were the two corners leading onto the back straight so I couldn’t get a chance to overtake him and obviously made a bit of a mess the one time I did into turn 1.
"Nevertheless, went forward, still got a point from P11, but looking forward to starting P5 tomorrow.
Lots of drivers were scrambling for position during the shootout, trying to get the best possible run for their flying laps. Russell believes this is why he felt like he had to block Leclerc from getting past him.
“No, I actually thought Charles was on his out lap, so I actually thought he was being a bit of a cheeky ****** overtaking me," he continued.
"So if anything I was trying to defend from him, so it was just being a really scrappy day. But as I said, we’re starting P5 tomorrow. The car’s clearly quick, I think we’ve got better pace over Ferrari, so the focus is on that now.”
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