With Hamilton closing up, Russell wandered to the left-hand side of the track, causing damage to his team-mate's front wing and taking the seven-time world champion by surprise.
Russell was quick to apologise over the radio, but both drivers were confused about how the incident occurred. The 25-year-old driver has now shed some light on what happened in the cockpit.
Quali chaos for Mercedes
When asked about the incident on the BBC Chequered Flag podcast, Russell explained: "I hope that wasn’t part of the plan, because [that’s] not a good plan if it is, but no I think it was just a big miscommunication.
"[There was] a lot of traffic on the out lap and I was just trying to take the slipstream from Carlos [Sainz] and next thing Lewis was there.
"So yeah, fortunate nothing big happened but just a bit disappointed to be out in Q2."
Russell was happy to admit that his Q2 exit was a deserved one, questioning his pace on Saturday.
"[I was] really struggling with the car the whole session, wasn’t feeling the same as it did in qualifying, in practice sorry, and yeah that was kind of the maximum I could get out of it.
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