Russell infuriated by series of “atrocious” starts

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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.

Quotes: Dieter Rencken

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