After the huge controversy, Russell speaks out and warns the FIA that races like Monza offer nothing to the spectators. George Russell started in second place and finished the Formula 1 Grand Prix on the third step of the podium.
A satisfactory result for the British driver given the circumstances. When asked about the outcome of this weekend’s race, Lewis Hamilton’s team-mate regretted the conditions but was aware that it was impossible to prolong the race.
Despite all the penalties that were handed out, George Russell was able to start the Monza Grand Prix in second place. The Mercedes driver started just behind Charles Leclerc and almost took the lead at the start. In the end, the Monegasque fought back very well and forced Russell to cut the corner, a small mistake without consequence. Behind him, George Russell was hoping to fight for the victory but the Red Bull of Max Verstappen was, once again, too strong.
“We have to be realistic, this Red Bull is almost unbeatable. It’s going to take a real effort to beat this car. In terms of performance, they are completely ahead of everyone else,” lamented Lewis Hamilton, George Russell’s team-mate.
P3. Thanks Monza. 🇮🇹 pic.twitter.com/RSTRLIOeCK
— George Russell (@GeorgeRussell63) September 11, 2022
Beyond Max Verstappen’s new success, what marked this Monza Grand Prix was the arrival of the safety car. The FIA, which was highly contested, finally reacted to this controversial decision.
“While every effort was made to evacuate the #3 car quickly and resume the race, the situation evolved and the stewards were unable to put the car in neutral and push it into the escape road,” said the FIA.
“As the safety of the evacuation operation was our only priority, and the incident was not significant enough to require a red flag, the race was completed under the safety car in accordance with procedures agreed by the FIA and all competitors,
“The timing of the safety car period during a race has no impact on this procedure,” the FIA said in a statement.
George Russell, who was third in the Grand Prix, also regretted this decision.
“It’s just the race, I think. It’s obviously not always easy when an F1 car stops in an uncomfortable place. You always want to finish a race under green flag conditions but what can you do? That’s the way it goes,
“And I don’t know what the order looked like but I don’t think it would have changed the result anyway.”
Russell then issues a warning to the FIA about Monza saying: “What is clear though is that these one-stop races don’t seem to offer any exciting spectacle,” said the Mercedes driver.
When asked about a possible change in the regulations, George Russell was frank: “You can’t extend the race, we don’t have the fuel for it. So that’s settled. After Abu Dhabi 2021, we had some discussions about races finishing under the safety car,
“I think we’ve watched every race since 1998 and it’s happened 10 times I think. Maybe it’s wrong, don’t quote me if I’m wrong, but maybe it’s worth looking at. But you can’t prolong the race in any case.”