Giovinazzi and Russell give thoughts on race-ending incident

The Belgian Grand Prix race came to an undesirable end for Antonio Giovinazzi when the Alfa Romeo driver slammed into the barriers, his rear wheel taking George Russell out too.

It was only the 10th lap of the race when Giovinazzi lost control of his car at Turn 13 and hit the barriers at speed, causing his left rear wheel to break away.

Whilst his teammate Kimi Raikkonen managed to get navigate the carnage with no issues, the rogue tyre bounced straight towards Russell’s Williams.

Despite avoiding the stranded Alfa Romeo, there was nowhere for the young Briton to go. The wheel hit Russell as he tried to escape down the left-hand side of the track and sent him into the wall himself.

With debris all over the track, the Safety Car made its only appearance of the race allowing all drivers other than Sergio Perez and Pierre Gasly to make their pit stops.

Thankfully, both drivers left the track and headed back to the paddock unharmed.

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Speaking after the incident, Giovinazzi said it was “a disappointing end to my race: I was pushing a lot to keep within DRS range of Sebastian and the car just snapped on the exit.

“I was on the limit and when you’re there, sometimes mistakes can happen.

“I feel sorry for the team as they deserved a good result this weekend, and of course also for George as his race was compromised as well.

“There are still some positives I can take from this race. I had another really good start, I made up a few places and I was able to be in a fight with the Ferraris, so we can build on that.

“Next race up is my home race in Italy. I’ll need to reset and be in a better shape for next weekend.”

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Russell also discussed the incident from his point of view. “It is frustrating; I was in the wrong place at the wrong time and there was nothing we could do.

“I went to the left to avoid Antonio’s car and then his wheel came from nowhere and hit the front of my car which pushed me into the wall.

“It was quite a big impact, but I am ok. I feel very fortunate to have the halo on the car as it could have gone quite near my helmet.

“It was a very unfortunate set of circumstances, but that’s just racing sometimes.

“Up until that point I was in a good rhythm. I had overtaken the Haas, but it would have been a long and difficult race out there for us.”