Russell disappointed to lose another point-scoring opportunity after being 'clobbered' by Raikkonen
George Russell cut a frustrated figure at the Eifel Grand Prix as he ended a 32nd consecutive race without points for Williams. Even more frustrating for the Briton is that this time he thought he had a real shot at scoring - before being 'clobbered' by Kimi Raikkonen...
Russell was challenging Sebastian Vettel for P18 on Lap 13 when Alfa Romeo’s Raikkonen locked up at Turn 1 and careered into him, launching the Williams into the air before it spun into the run-off area. That left Russell with significant damage and forced another retirement.
“The car was feeling good," said Russell. "I think we were on pace with the guys around us, we were on a slightly different strategy to the guys we were racing, so there was definitely opportunities there – racing against the AlphaTauris and with Hulkenberg behind,”
“I watched the video: Kimi lost it and clobbered into us which obviously damaged the car and gave us a puncture and too much damage to bring it home. Retired; that’s racing sometimes I guess,” he surmised.
Raikkonen received a 10-second penalty for his troubles while Russell was left ruing a missed chance to score points, in a race of attrition where regular points scorers Alex Albon and Lando Norris retired.
“Definitely a shame,” he added, “and with the way this race has panned out as well with all the sort of front to midfield runners retiring, there was definitely an opportunity there – so very frustrating.”
It’s not just Russell, but Williams who haven’t scored a point in 2020 – and Nicholas Latifi pointed out that Haas and Alfa Romeo – both of whom scored points at the Nurburgring – were far more competitive than Williams on Sunday.
“It was a challenging race today and I was pushing as hard as I could. I can’t pinpoint why exactly, we were just lacking overall pace, especially compared to the Haas and the Alfa,” concluded the Canadian.