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F1 – Russell apologizes to Sainz: "It was a miscalculation"

The start of the 2022 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix was controversial after George Russell hit the left side of Carlos Sainz’s car, who lost pole position in the first few meters after Max Verstappen’s good start. The Spaniard tried to compensate for his poor start by tracing the first corner in a more open way, but that caused the Mercedes driver to jump inside and hit him in the radiator area, the reason for his sixth retirement of the season.

The man from Madrid assured that the Briton was “like a madman” on the climb up the finish line of the Circuit of the Americas, and although he did not assess how the FIA stewards investigated the action or the five-second punishment he was given imposed on his rival, said that the impact was a clear reason for sanction.

The Maranello mechanics tried to fix their driver’s damaged F1-75, but it was impossible for them and they decided to give up to also save mileage on his worn out 066/7 power unit , which will almost certainly have to be replaced by a new one next weekend in Mexico.

The young Briton, meanwhile, managed to continue the march, and although he fell one place due to being overtaken by Lance Stroll, he was quickly able to return to third place. However, with a strategy that caught him on foot changed by the safety cars and the comebacks of Sergio Pérez and Charles Leclerc, he could only be fifth at the end of the race.

First of all, apologize to Carlos [Sainz] for the first corner,” George Russell wrote on his Twitter account accompanied by a photograph with his teammate Lewis Hamilton. “He deserved more today, and it was a miscalculation on my part.”

“A tough race from then on, front wing damage, but we finished and fast lap anyway. Congratulations to Lewis Hamilton on the team podium,” the 24-year-old continued. “There are three [grand prizes] to go, let’s keep pushing.”

The one from Brackley is fourth overall, although the distance with respect to the two who fight for the runner-up, Charles Leclerc and Sergio Pérez, seems almost unattainable with almost 50 points behind , while 86 remain at stake.

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