Lewis Hamilton Comforts George Russell After a Gut-Wrenching DNF in Imola

November 2, 2020 1:40 pm

Lewis Hamilton secured his 93rd win at the Imola GP on Sunday. He was followed by Valtteri Bottas at P2 and Daniel Ricciardo at P3.

Max Verstappen had an unfortunate tire blowout which led to a safety car. It looked at that moment that George Russell was well set to score his first Formula 1 points in Williams.

However, it all came crashing down when Russell went full throttle on his cold tires and straight into the walls during the safety car. Following the race, Lewis Hamilton and Romain Grosjean were seen consoling and encouraging Russell on social media.

Formula One F1 – Eifel Grand Prix – Nurburgring, Nurburg, Germany – October 10, 2020 Williams’ George Russell in the pits FIA/Handout via REUTERS

The Williams driver was seen sitting dejected on the side of the track, asking the marshalls to leave him alone. A flashback to Mika Hakkinen on his knees and in tears at the 1999 Italian Grand Prix.

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Lewis Hamilton and Grosjean reply to a disheartened Russell

After the race, George Russell was not happy with himself. In a post-match interview, he said, “It’s gutting. I am really sorry for all the guys.” He also took to social media to apologize to the entire team and vowed to not forget the day.

First, Romain Grosjean replied to Russell’s tweet. He expressed that he understands what Russell is going through. Later, Lewis Hamilton shared his thoughts on Russell’s performance. The world champion tried his best to cheer up the Williams driver.

Both the drivers have a much richer experience in Formula 1 than George Russell. It was very heartwarming to see the senior drivers on the grid step up for the younger generation.

Fernando Alonso picks Russell as the future star

Fernando Alonso was asked to pick a driver from the younger generation who will, in his view, be the future F1 star. He expressed that if he had to pick a name, it will have to be George Russell. He explained that Russell has made no mistakes and has managed to squeeze the best out of that Williams.

Russell has shown some brilliant flashes of speed and skill since his debut last year. He has taken Williams into Q2 on numerous occasions this season. Moreover, he has narrowly missed out on going to Q1 more than once.

Russell was close to scoring points for Williams at Imola. However, it turned out to be a really difficult race for him. Do you think George Russell will manage to score his first Formula 1 points in the remaining 4 races this season?

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Ayush Manjunath

Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 contributor at EssentiallySports, based in Bengaluru. He is an intense lover of Formula 1, Ayrton Senna, Max Verstappen, and George Russell, and has previously worked as an athlete agent. He is a law graduate and is currently enrolled in a Sports Management Program at GISB, Mumbai. 2019 was quite an eventful year for Ayush, as he completed a program in Sports, Media and Entertainment Management at UCLA, won a national moot court competition, and judgement national writing competition.

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