In the round-up: George Russell says he and Williams team mate Nicholas Latifi are suffering from consistently poor starts.
What they say
Russell had the recovering Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas – who could be his team mate this weekend – in his mirrors for two laps during the race:
Throughout most of a season we’ve been making really poor starts as a team which is really frustrating because we’re losing all these positions off the line. It’s not like I’m losing them all in a battle or a mistake it’s just off the line. And it’s infuriating, really. So myself and Nicholas – obviously Nicholas was starting last so he didn’t lose position – but we both made equally atrocious starts.
We managed to improve it for the second one but ultimately we started 18th from that second restart and came back through to overtake the guys we were battling. Beat the Haas, the Alfas, kept Vettel behind us and I was managing to keep Valtteri at bay at one point which was an odd feeling.
So there’s clearly one thing for us to really work on because everything is undone in the space of four seconds. I lost all of those positions within five or 10 seconds.
More motor racing links of interest:
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High school students are going to race cars on the moon in 2021 (Inside Hook)
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Method not miracles bring safety (David Ward)
“Reason is the author of the ‘Swiss Cheese’ model of crash causation which tracks the trajectory of an incident through multiple holes in layers of defence. His theory shows how weaknesses in one layer can be overcome by additional mitigation measures that prevent ever reaching a final failure point.”
The French Historic Grand Prix as a curtain-opener for the Formula 1 Grand Prix de France (GP France)
“Ahead of the next Formula 1 Grand Prix de France from 25th to 27th June, the Historic French Grand Prix, the third of its kind, whose genesis between the French Motor Sports Federation and HVM Racing dates back to 2017, will also be held at the Circuit Paul Ricard from 11th to 13th June.”
Sports Personality of the Year: Contenders revealed for 2020 BBC award (BBC)
“The nominees are cricketer Stuart Broad, jockey Hollie Doyle, boxer Tyson Fury, Formula 1’s Lewis Hamilton, footballer Jordan Henderson and snooker star Ronnie O’Sullivan.”
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