Russell penalized on the sprint race grid

For hindering Charles Leclerc during the sprint shootout this Saturday, George Russell received a three-place penalty on the grid for the sprint race in Austin.

Published on 21/10/2023 à 22:45

Jeremy Satis

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Russell penalized on the sprint race grid

The suspense was far from unbearable. Firstly because seeing George Russell escape a penalty would have been a big surprise in view of the action in question, but above all because Charles Leclerc he himself had announced it on his radio! “And penalty for Mr. Russell. Thank you so much", had laconically slipped the Monegasque.

All joking aside, the young Brit from Mercedes indeed hindered the pilot Ferrari in SQ2, when he was preparing his turn when Charles came at him. Russell's engineer had warned his driver in advance, but he had no reminder and was on the racing line when he was overtaken by the car n ° 16.

As a result, Russell received a three-place grid penalty during the sprint race, which will take place this Saturday at midnight French time. 8th in qualifying, the native of King's Lynn will start 11th, and thus allows Alex Albon, Pierre Gasly et Daniel Ricciardo to gain a position on the grid.

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