WATCH: Russell Apologizes to Sainz for 1st Lap Coming Together at Silverstone Sprint Race Qualifying

Published 07/17/2021, 1:00 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 15, 2021 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


The inaugural sprint race in Formula One is done and dusted with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen taking the win. However, just like every other Grand Prix, there was drama, this time between Williams’ George Russell and Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz.

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The Brit started his home race from P8 while Spaniard began in ninth place. However, the two came together in the opening laps of the race, made Sainz fall down the pecking order; at the end of it all, he finished the race in eleventh place. Russell later apologized to Sainz for their accident at turn 6.

George Russell apologizes to Sainz after coming together on lap 1 at Silverstone

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As the two were battling it out in order to move up the pecking order, Russell’s right-front tire hit Carlos‘ Ferrari, which made him go off-track and lose several positions. However, the Williams driver came on the team radio to apologize to the Spaniard.

Then, after the sprint qualifying ended, the 23-year-old went up to the Ferrari driver in parc ferme.

Furthermore, Russell was called to the stewards after the race, as he was the one responsible for the incident.

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Can Sainz improve for tomorrow’s race?

The 26-year-old was looking optimistic for the sprint race on Saturday afternoon as he had qualified in ninth place. However, those hopes soon went downhill after having a slight collision with the Williams’ Russell, which sent off into the gravel in the first lap of the race.

However, the Ferrari driver didn’t give up and soon begun to regain the lost positions. At the end of lap seventeen of the sprint race, Sainz found himself in eleventh place.

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Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 16, 2021 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. in action during qualifying REUTERS/Peter Cziborra

Now, the Spaniard knows he will have a long uphill battle against the grid in tomorrow’s race. Sainz knows starting from eleventh on the grid will be a mammoth of a task, but he will hope to score some points for the Maranello-based squad.

Do you think Sainz will redeem himself tomorrow, or will he fail to make an impact at Silverstone? Let us know your predictions in the comments below?

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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