Following a driver error that prevented the team from earning a double points finish in the Canadian Grand Prix 2023, George Russell has extended his apology to Mercedes. When entering turn nine, the Silver Arrows driver crashed into a curb and sustained damage to his vehicle. Russell's back end collided with the concrete wall outside of the corner as a result of the elevated W14 caused by the sausage kerb. This incident left the track littered with debris, and the race officials swiftly brought out a safety car.
Russell was able to hobble into the pits for repairs before starting a stunning recovery drive as the former Williams driver recovered from P19 to re-enter the top 10, but Mercedes management quickly pulled him in to withdraw the car due to the damage the incident had caused.
Russell instantly complied with instructions to decelerate the vehicle and slowed down as he approached the hairpin before accelerating into the pits. “I'm so sorry everyone. Nothing more to say. Sorry, Russell was heard apologising. After the chequered flag, Russell added “I just went a bit deep into the right-hander and then through the left I just touched the kerb. I clearly hit it with the bottom of the car and next thing I knew I was up in the air. When I landed I lost the rear and I was in the wall.”
Seven-time champion and Russell teammate finished third after losing a thrilling race against Fernando Alonso.
Talking about the overall performance, George Russell is currently at the sixth position in the Drivers’ Championship with 65 points under his belt. He has the lone podium finish which he secured in the Spanish Grand Prix earlier this month.