F1 star George Russell close to tears after crashing one lap from end in Singapore as fans say it’s ‘heartbreaking’

F1 star George Russell close to tears after crashing one lap from end in Singapore as fans say it’s ‘heartbreaking’

MERCEDES driver George Russell was forced to hold back tears as he was interviewed by Sky Sports at the end of the Singapore Grand Prix.

The Brit crashed out on the last lap of the race when he was on course to finish third.

Sky SportsRussell crashed out during the last lap of the Singapore Grand Prix[/caption]

Sky SportsHe had to fight back tears as he spoke to Sky Sports[/caption]

Russell had been battling to overtake McLaren‘s Lando Norris who was in second but pushed things too far on turn 10, clipping the wall before finding himself in the track’s barriers.

An exasperated Russell was heard shouting over the team radio after he ended up in the wall, saying: “Aaaah! No! No!”

Russell’s crash meant it was the second time in his last three races that he has faiuled to score a point.

The non-finish allowed team-mate Lewis Hamilton to scoop up third place instead.

There had been some controversy between the two during the race, with Hamilton forced off the track on the first corner after he said he: “Got pushed wide by George.”

Later in the race Hamilton urged his team-mate to hurry up as he believed he had a pace advantage on the leading three drivers.

One fan on Twitter said: “If you ever needed evidence that Mercedes will take points off each other in a WDC fight… Hamilton wins that if Russell had let him go, he had so much more pace.”

An emotional George Russell fought back tears as he spoke to Sky about his late crash.

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The British driver clearly felt that he had enough to gain the lead from Carlos Sainz on the last laps and just pushed the car beyond its limits.

He said: “Yeah, no words to be honest. Such a long race, a physical race. Difficult to keep concentration. I think we were half a cars length from winning the race had I got past Lando when I had the opportunity and I think we would have been able to get past Carlos.

“And then that last lap, a millimetre lapse in concentration and then game over. So just so sorry to the whole team and yeah.”

Fans reacted to the emotional interview on Twitter with one saying: “You can immediately see the sadness in his face he didnt deserve that crash.”

Another wrote: “How heartbreaking this is to hear from him.”

A third wrote: “I can tell he was crying just before this interview.”

While a fourth added: “Hate Mercedes but this is so heartbreaking.”

Russell will have a chance to make amends at the Japanese Grand Prix next Sunday.

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