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WATCH: Giovinazzi and Russell walk away after huge shunt in Belgian GP

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Antonio Giovinazzi and George Russell have walked away after a huge shunt in the early laps of the Belgian Grand Prix.

On Lap 11, Giovinazzi appeared to lose control of his Alfa Romeo out of Turn 13 before slamming into the barrier. He spun back on to the track, as one of his wheels - which had become detached on impact - bounced back into the path of the arriving Russell.

The Williams driver struck the stray wheel with his own front right tyre, and then ended up in the barriers himself. Thankfully both drivers climbed out of their cockpits within moments of the crash, which left both cars with significant damage - and a lot of carbon fibre on the track.

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The Saftey Car was deployed while ths stewards began the clean-up operation, as many of the remaining drivers in the race dived into the pits for a new set of tyres.

Both Williams and Alfa Romeo confirmed both drivers were unhurt in the incident.

Meanwhile in the race, Lewis Hamilton was leading from Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen - click here to follow all the action in our live blog.

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After making his way back to the pits, Russell was asked if he was OK following the incident.

"Yeah all fine," he said. "Frustrating – wrong place, wrong time. Antonio went into the wall, I went to the left to avoid his car and then the wheel just came from nowhere and smashed into the car.

"Obviously it hit the front of my car but we feel very fortunate to have the Halo on because it could have gone quite near the helmet, so one of those things. Just wrong place, wrong time – nothing I could really do."

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