Hamilton offers moral support to bummed out Russell

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Hamilton offers moral support to bummed out Russell

A low-spirited George Russell received a big boost of encouragement from Lewis Hamilton on social media after Sunday's Emilia Romagna GP.

Russell was on the verge of securing his first points in F1 at Imola, the Williams driver running tenth when the Safety Car was deployed just 12 laps from the end of the race to allow the marshals to retrieve the beached Red Bull of Max Verstappen from the gravel trap at Variante Villeneuve.

However, in an effort to keep his tyres warm during the caution period, Russell overdid it on the run into the first Acque Minerali right-hander, planting the Williams in the barrier.

It was a massive blow for the young Brit who was bewildered by his own "stupid mistake", sitting for lengthy period behind the barrier pondering his painful fate.

Later on, Russell took to Instagram to own up to the blunder.

"I’ll never forget this day, this mistake. I’ll learn from it, be stronger for it. I’m so sorry, to the whole team. No excuses," he wrote.

Noting the post, Hamilton responded with a few uplifting words.

"George, you were giving it your all," wrote the days's winner. "It’s ok to make mistakes and it’s ok to feel the pain. I’ve made more than I can remember.
"You’re great bud. Keep your head up and keep pushing, on to the next one!"

Others from the F1 community followed suit.

Haas' Romain Grosjean - a man who has endured more than his fair share of self-inflicted wounds - wrote: "Man, I know the feeling. Will take some time to forget it, but what you do is mega. Keep pushing."

And F1 veteran and Channel 4 commentator David Coulthard also offered a comforting message.

"Small blip in a long career ahead of you in F1," wrote the Scot. "Don’t worry about and keep showing us what you’re made of."

Finally, on Monday morning, Russell took to Twitter to thank his many fans for the massive wave of support.

Yesterday sucked. But that feeling only makes me more determined to keep pushing, keep improving and keep getting stronger. Know that every one of your messages gives me that same motivation. Thank you for the incredible support, it means a lot

"Yesterday sucked," wrote the Williams driver. "But that feeling only makes me more determined to keep pushing, keep improving and keep getting stronger. Know that every one of your messages gives me that same motivation. Thank you for the incredible support, it means a lot."

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Sainz 'happy to salvage' points at Imola after Albon near miss

Carlos Sainz was "happy to salvage" a handful of points from the Emilia Romagna GP after the McLaren... The post Sainz 'happy to salvage' points at Imola after Albon near miss appeared first on F1i.com.

Sainz 'happy to salvage' points at Imola after Albon near miss

Carlos Sainz was "happy to salvage" a handful of points from the Emilia Romagna GP after the McLaren driver's race almost ended in tears following a near miss with Alex Albon.

The race was restarted after a Safety Car period with just five laps to run, with a raging battle set to unfold for the final spot on the podium.

Sainz was right behind Albon in eighth position when the Red Bull driver spun on the exit of the Tamburello chicane on the restart lap. The Spaniard piled on the brakes but came within inches of collecting his rival.

"I had to react really quickly on the brakes," Sainz explained. "I just missed him by the tiniest of margins, so happy to salvage that".

The end result for Sainz was a seventh-place finish, a position in the pecking order that would have been hard to improve on according to the McLaren driver.

"We managed to overtake Lando [Norris] in the first few laps. I always felt like I had more pace than the guys in front but it was just difficult to overtake," he said.

"We were one of the soft runners to stay and put in some good laps there at the end, and I managed to keep the soft tyres alive.

"I had a very strong first stint and a strong actually second stint. It was just difficult to get a move on. I could only really pass Lando but then the rest were very tricky to pass."

Sainz's result coupled with Norris' P8 right behind allowed McLaren to maintain its fourth place in the Constructors' championship on a par with Racing Point, while Renault now leads the pair by just a single point.

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