George Russell’s race in America was another poor performance, with the British drivers’ consistency in the early stages of the season completely absent in recent events.
The 24-year-old was culpable for taking out Carlos Sainz into turn 1, completely missing his braking point and ruining the Spaniard’s race.
Russell faced a relatively tame 5-second penalty, spending much of the race squabbling to finish in the top 5.
As quoted by the Mercedes American GP race report, Russell conceded that he drove poorly:
“It was a difficult afternoon for me – very unfortunate how things unfolded at the start, as I don’t want to be in a position where I contribute to another driver having to retire.
“It’s probably the furthest we’ve been away from the midfield and the closest we’ve been to the front for quite a while, so a good step forward this weekend.
“The team back at the factory are doing a great job continuing to upgrade the car, trying to make it a little bit lighter and understanding what we need to work on for next year, and that’s where most of our focus currently is.
“Obviously, I want to get back on the podium because the last time feels an age ago.
“We had such a good run of form, but the last couple of races didn’t go well in terms of my personal performance.”