Russell finished 11th, 2.421s behind Vettel, but had been four seconds clear of the Ferrari driver in ninth place before the safety car was called when Lance Stroll crashed with 16 laps to go.
After 30 Formula 1 races, George Russell is yet to open his points account. The young driver from Williams completed his 30th race in the Tuscan Grand Prix. Finishing 11th, Russell failed to bag a point and was seemingly disheartened.
The Tuscan Grand Prix was marred with incidents. A series of crashes, followed by the deployment of the Safety Car twice, made the race lengthy and changed the pattern of the finish. Russell put up a brilliant display to storm into the Top-10 with ease. However, a late-race slip up cost him a finish in the points.
For a long time the British driver drove around in the top 10, with great battles with, among others, both Ferrari drivers and Kimi Raikkonen. It looked like the Williams driver was finally going to score his first points, but a bad restart after the crash of Lance Stroll threw a spanner in the works. “My heart is broken,” says a disappointed Russell on Speedweek.com. “The whole team had worked so hard to get us to the front and I could hold on so well to ninth place that I really thought – this time it would work”.
“The car felt great”, continues the 22-year-old driver. “Sebastian [Vettel] and Charles [Leclerc] were behind me and couldn’t go any faster on the same tyres”. Until the second restart. “I don’t know why I got off so badly at the third start. I did nothing but normal. Maybe it was because the tyres were not properly warmed up. I’m very disappointed because we would have scored points”.
With his thirtieth Grand Prix without points Russell is starting to come into an illustrious row. Only five drivers remained pointless in Formula 1 for longer; Luca Badoer (51 races), Charles Pic (39 races), Max Chilton (35 races), Brett Lunger (34 races) and Toranosuke Takagi (32 races). The last driver to score points for Williams was Robert Kubica at the German Grand Prix in 2019.
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