George Russell, who couldn’t complete the race after being hit by Nikita Mazepin last night, claims that incidents like these were inevitable.
On the race restart, George Russell, who was vying for Williams in the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, got hit by Nikita Mazepin. The incident caused the second red flag of the race, as his car was not the only one to enter DNF.
Sergio Perez also got hit in the traffic and had to leave the race. Reacting to the chaotic events of Sunday, Russell claims that whatever happened was inevitable. Moreover, he thinks F1 has a lot to learn with the race in Jeddah.
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“It seemed pretty inevitable, you go around a Turn 2 that’s fairly wide and open – cars can go side by side – and then it really funnels in and goes pretty narrow pretty fast,” he told Autosport right after his exit.
“I came around a blind corner. Cars were everywhere. I slowed down and then got hit entirely from behind. So, a lot to learn, I think, for motorsport this weekend because it’s an exhilarating track to drive. Still, it’s lacking a lot from a safety perspective and a racing perspective.
“And there are unnecessary incidents waiting to happen in all of these small kinks that are blind, which are not even corners in an F1 car, but they just offer unnecessary danger.”
George Russell suggests changes
F1 is set to revisit Jeddah in March for the 2022 season race. Russell, ahead of his return next year, expects F1 to plan some improvements, and he has his own suggestions to give too.
“I think you live and learn from these experiences,” he explained. “You can’t blame anybody for trying to make an incredible racetrack, and ultimately, that’s what they achieved. But I think nobody foresaw what was about to happen with all of these blind corners.
“I think they’ve got the resources to do it here, so it shouldn’t be a limitation. Safety needs to come first. If you can improve the danger drastically with small changes, then it’s a no brainer.”