Hungarian GP: Sunday's wild action in pictures

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Hungarian GP: Sunday's wild action in pictures

From the vagaries of the weather to a first corner pile-up to a standing start with just a single car on the grid, to a first-time winner, the Hungarian Grand Prix had more oddities than your usual run of the mil chaotic race.

But who's complaining?

Check out our recap in pictures of Sunday's epic action from the Hungaroring.

Drivers parade.
01.08.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Moy / XPB Images(L to R): Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 and team mate Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Mercedes AMG F1 on the drivers parade.
01.08.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Moy / XPB ImagesGeorge Russell (GBR) Williams Racing on the grid.
01.08.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB Images(L to R): Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) McLaren with Tom Stallard (GBR) McLaren Race Engineer on the grid.
01.08.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB ImagesPierre Gasly (FRA) AlphaTauri on the grid.
01.08.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB Images(L to R): Mick Schumacher (GER) Haas F1 Team with Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Alfa Romeo Racing on the grid.
01.08.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB ImagesLewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W12 leads at the start of the race.
01.08.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Charniaux / XPB ImagesValtteri Bottas (FIN) Mercedes AMG F1 W12; Lando Norris (GBR) McLaren MCL35M and Max Verstappen (NLD) Red Bull Racing RB16B crash at the start of the race.
01.08.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Moy / XPB ImagesValtteri Bottas (FIN) Mercedes AMG F1 W12 and Sergio Perez (MEX) Red Bull Racing RB16B crash at the start of the race.
01.08.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Moy / XPB ImagesLewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W12 leads at the start of the race.
01.08.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Moy / XPB ImagesLewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W12 leads at the start of the race as Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Mercedes AMG F1 W12 crashes into the back of Lando Norris (GBR) McLaren MCL35M.
01.08.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Moy / XPB ImagesLewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W12 leads at the start of the race as Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Mercedes AMG F1 W12 crashes into the back of Lando Norris (GBR) McLaren MCL35M.
01.08.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Moy / XPB ImagesValtteri Bottas (FIN) Mercedes AMG F1 W12 and Sergio Perez (MEX) Red Bull Racing RB16B crash out at the start of the race as Lance Stroll (CDN) Aston Martin F1 Team AMR21 crashes into Charles Leclerc (MON) Ferrari SF-21.
01.08.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Moy / XPB ImagesValtteri Bottas (FIN) Mercedes AMG F1 W12 crashed out at the start of the race.
01.08.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Moy / XPB ImagesThe damaged Mercedes AMG F1 W12 of race retiree Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Mercedes AMG F1.
01.08.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Moy / XPB ImagesLando Norris (GBR) McLaren MCL35M makes a pit stop.
01.08.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Charniaux / XPB ImagesCharles Leclerc (MON) Ferrari SF-21 retired from the race.
01.08.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB ImagesCharles Leclerc (MON) Ferrari SF-21 retired from the race.
01.08.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB ImagesLance Stroll (CDN) Aston Martin F1 Team AMR21 retired from the race.
01.08.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB ImagesLewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 in the pits as the race is stopped.
01.08.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Charniaux / XPB ImagesGeorge Russell (GBR) Williams Racing in the pits as the race is stopped.
01.08.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Charniaux / XPB ImagesThe damaged, retired cars of Lance Stroll (CDN) Aston Martin F1 Team AMR21 and Charles Leclerc (MON) Ferrari.
01.08.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB ImagesLewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W12 leads at the restart of the race.
01.08.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB ImagesGeorge Russell (GBR) Williams Racing FW43B.
01.08.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB ImagesDaniel Ricciardo (AUS) McLaren MCL35M.
01.08.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB ImagesLewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W12 and Antonio Giovinazzi (ITA) Alfa Romeo Racing C41 battle for position.
01.08.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Moy / XPB ImagesLewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W12 and Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) McLaren MCL35M battle for position.
01.08.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary, Race Day.
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01.08.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB ImagesMax Verstappen (NLD) Red Bull Racing RB16B.
01.08.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB ImagesMax Verstappen (NLD) Red Bull Racing RB16B.
01.08.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Bearne / XPB ImagesGeorge Russell (GBR) Williams Racing FW43B in the pits as the race is stopped.
01.08.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Bearne / XPB ImagesSebastian Vettel (GER) Aston Martin F1 Team in the pits as the race is stopped.
01.08.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Bearne / XPB ImagesEsteban Ocon (FRA) Alpine F1 Team A521 in the pits as the race is stopped.
01.08.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Bearne / XPB ImagesLewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W12 in the pits as the race is stopped.
01.08.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Bearne / XPB ImagesEsteban Ocon (FRA) Alpine F1 Team A521 in the pits as the race is stopped.
01.08.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Bearne / XPB ImagesSebastian Vettel (GER) Aston Martin F1 Team in the pits as the race is stopped.
01.08.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Bearne / XPB ImagesNicholas Latifi (CDN) Williams Racing in the pits as the race is stopped.
01.08.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Bearne / XPB ImagesNicholas Latifi (CDN) Williams Racing FW43B leaves the pits at the resart of the race.
01.08.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Bearne / XPB ImagesCarlos Sainz Jr (ESP) Ferrari SF-21.
01.08.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB ImagesPierre Gasly (FRA) AlphaTauri AT02.
01.08.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB ImagesDaniel Ricciardo (AUS) McLaren MCL35M.
01.08.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB ImagesMax Verstappen (NLD) Red Bull Racing RB16B.
01.08.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB ImagesCarlos Sainz Jr (ESP) Ferrari SF-21 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W12 battle for position.
01.08.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Moy / XPB ImagesCarlos Sainz Jr (ESP) Ferrari SF-21 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W12 battle for position.
01.08.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Moy / XPB ImagesFernando Alonso (ESP) Alpine F1 Team A521 passes his celebrating team at the end of the race.
01.08.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB ImagesRace winner Esteban Ocon (FRA) Alpine F1 Team A521 at the end of the race.
01.08.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB ImagesRace winner Esteban Ocon (FRA) Alpine F1 Team A521 celebrates as he passes the team at the end of the race.
01.08.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Charniaux / XPB ImagesAlpine F1 Team celebrates victory for Esteban Ocon (FRA) Alpine F1 Team.
01.08.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Charniaux / XPB ImagesRace winner Esteban Ocon (FRA) Alpine F1 Team celebrates with the team in parc ferme.
01.08.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Charniaux / XPB ImagesRace winner Esteban Ocon (FRA) Alpine F1 Team A521 celebrates in parc ferme.
01.08.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Charniaux / XPB ImagesFernando Alonso (ESP) Alpine F1 Team celebrates with the team in parc ferme.
01.08.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Charniaux / XPB ImagesNicholas Latifi (CDN) Williams Racing celebrates his eighth position with the team at the end of the race.
01.08.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Moy / XPB ImagesGeorge Russell (GBR) Williams Racing celebrates ninth position with the team.
01.08.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Bearne / XPB ImagesGeorge Russell (GBR) Williams Racing congratulates race winner Esteban Ocon (FRA) Alpine F1 Team.
01.08.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Bearne / XPB ImagesNicholas Latifi (CDN) Williams Racing celebrates his eighth position.
01.08.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Bearne / XPB ImagesNicholas Latifi (CDN) Williams Racing celebrates his eighth position with Jost Capito (GER) Williams Racing Chief Executive Officer.
01.08.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Bearne / XPB ImagesRace winner Esteban Ocon (FRA) Alpine F1 Team celebrates in parc ferme.
01.08.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Charniaux / XPB ImagesThe podium (L to R): Sebastian Vettel (GER) Aston Martin F1 Team, second; Esteban Ocon (FRA) Alpine F1 Team, race winner; Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1, third.
01.08.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Charniaux / XPB ImagesThe podium (L to R): Sebastian Vettel (GER) Aston Martin F1 Team, second; Esteban Ocon (FRA) Alpine F1 Team, race winner; Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1, third.
01.08.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Charniaux / XPB ImagesRace winner Esteban Ocon (FRA) Alpine F1 Team celebrates on the podium.
01.08.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB ImagesRace winner Esteban Ocon (FRA) Alpine F1 Team celebrates on the podium.
01.08.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB ImagesRace winner Esteban Ocon (FRA) Alpine F1 Team celebrates on the podium with second placed Sebastian Vettel (GER) Aston Martin F1 Team.
01.08.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Charniaux / XPB ImagesRace winner Esteban Ocon (FRA) Alpine F1 Team celebrates on the podium with Laurent Rossi (FRA) Alpine Chief Executive Officer.
01.08.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Charniaux / XPB ImagesSebastian Vettel (GER) Aston Martin F1 Team celebrates his second position on the podium with third placed Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1.
01.08.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Moy / XPB ImagesThe podium (L to R): Sebastian Vettel (GER) Aston Martin F1 Team, second; Laurent Rossi (FRA) Alpine Chief Executive Officer; Esteban Ocon (FRA) Alpine F1 Team, race winner; Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1, third.
01.08.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary, Race Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Moy / XPB ImagesRace winner Esteban Ocon (FRA) Alpine F1 Team celebrates with the team.
01.08.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary, Race Day.
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Emotional Russell says Hungary points cap 'three years of hard work'

An emotional George Russell struggled to hold back the tears after Williams' double-points finish in the Hungarian Grand Prix, insisting the outstanding performance was the result of "three years of hard work".

Russell and teammate Nicholas Latifi delivered the first points to their team since the 2019 German Grand Prix after a chaotic and extraordinary round of racing on Sunday at the Hungaroring.

Latifi crossed the checkered P8 after a solid drive in difficult conditions while Russell was one spot behind in ninth place.

The Briton was certainly conscious of the fact that Latifi and himself had lucked into the win thanks to the race's circumstances, but that took nothing away from the sheer emotion linked to the day's achievement.

“Mental, firstly just so happy and quite emotional to be honest because it just means so much more because the result today is three years of hard work,” Russell told Sky F1.

“Maybe we got lucky today, but there are many times that we haven’t got lucky and we truly deserve this.”

Perhaps the race's oddest moment came at the end of the second formation lap, when the entire field save Lewis Hamilton rolled into the pits to bolt on a set of slick tyres.

Russell said that the decision, given the drying track, was an absolute "no-brainer".

“But I think the predicament Mercedes found themselves in, because they are the first pit box, if they box, every car is going to come down the pit lane and they can’t feed their way back into the pit lane.

“So no matter what they did, they arguably came out last.”

As everyone finally settled into their afternoon, Russell - running among the top ten while Latifi was up ahead in third place - radioed in to suggest that he was willing to compromise his race if it would help his teammate safeguard a position among the top five.

“For me it was clear, I know how much the points mean to the team,” he explained.

“We just need one good result out of 23 races, and if Nicholas could have came home in the top five that would have been enough to absolutely seal P8 in the Constructors’ Championship.

“And the prize money, what it means to the team, it’s huge as opposed to maybe he coming home in P8 and me coming home in P12.”

  • Read also: Dramatic maiden win for Ocon in extraordinary Hungary GP

In the end however, both drivers succeeded in protecting their position in the points, with Russell executing a second stint that he believed was the strongest in his career.

“That second stint was probably the best stint of my whole career, by a bit of a margin,” he confirmed.

“I was pushing so hard, keeping Danny Ric [Ricciardo] behind, then Max at the end. Okay he had a bit of damage, but still, we closed a 20-second gap at one point to the cars ahead, having been stuck behind Mick [Schumacher] for 10 laps or so.

“So that was a proper killer stint and that brought us home P9.

“Just overjoyed, so happy for Nicholas.”

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