WATCH: George Russell’s Inspirational Message to Williams F1 After Styrian GP Heartbreak

Published 06/27/2021, 1:32 PM EDT
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND: George Russell of Great Britain and Williams prepares to drive in the garage during final practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone in Northampton, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


George Russell qualified for the Styrian GP at P11, missing out on making it into Q3 by just the eighth thousandth of a second. However, the Briton soon got his best start in an F1 race, as he moved up to P10, thanks to Tuki Tsunoda’s three-place grid penalty for impeding Valtteri Bottas.

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With his hopes high, Russell was heading into the race to secure his first-ever points for the Williams.

The young Brit had a solid start to the race and moved to P9 quickly after the Leclerc and Gasly incident at the start of the race. The 22-year-old was strong enough to defend his position from the likes of Daniel Ricciardo and Yuki Tsunoda. And at one point he was even closing in on the two-time champion, Fernando Alonso.

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However, it all came crumbling down for the young Briton halfway through the race; because of reliability issues, he had to retire from the race after the 38th lap.

And soon his team apologized to him over the radio: “Okay George, bad news our day’s done. Sorry mate.”

To which Russell replied, “No need to apologize. We are in this together. We go again, next week!”

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“It’s such a shame. Racing is never easy. It’s never… fair is not the right word. You make your own luck, and ultimately, something went wrong today,” said George Russell.

“But for us, we’re not here consistently, and it’s just typical. I don’t really know what to think or to say to be honest. It’s such a shame for everybody in the team. They’ve worked so hard for this, and it’s been such a long time coming.”

Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Styria, Austria – June 25, 2021. Williams’ George Russell in action during practice REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger.

He added, “These points today would have been massive, not just for the morale, but if I finished P8 or P7 – I think P7 was probably possible, I was quicker than Alonso – four or six points in the constructors’ would have been massive. Absolutely massive for us.”

George Russell has had his fair share of heartbreaks in F1, but no matter how many times it happens, it never gets easier. So, when the young star took to Twitter to share his sorrow, the F1 fraternity came together to console him and cheer him up.

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With a fire in his heart, Russell will hope to return to the same track stronger next week. Do you think he will finally score his his first point for Williams any time soon? Let us know in the comment section below.

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