Rus­sell re­lieved af­ter he

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport Formula One - By Philip Dun­can

Bri­tain’s George Rus­sell relived the “scary” mo­ment when a loose wheel came hurtling to­wards him at 125mph dur­ing the Bel­gian Grand Prix.

Rus­sell, the 22-year-old from Nor­folk who is tipped to be a fu­ture world cham­pion, was in the wrong place at the wrong time, hav­ing just nav­i­gated the Fagnes chi­cane when An­to­nio Giov­inazzi lost con­trol of his Alfa Romeo.

Giov­inazzi slammed into the wall and the Ital­ian’s rear-left tyre was

Wil­liams driver George Rus­sell (left) was left count­ing his lucky stars af­ter emerg­ing un­scathed from be­ing hit by an­other car’s wheel. The drama (above) un­folded on lap 10 when Alfa Romeo’s An­to­nio Giov­inazzi lost con­trol on the exit of the 140mph Fagnes chi­cane, crash­ing heav­ily in to the wall and scat­ter­ing de­bris ev­ery­where. That in­cluded a stray front wheel which the on­com­ing Rus­sell was un­able to avoid, the ob­ject hit­ting his car and caus­ing him also to crash out (right). sent fly­ing at an un­sus­pect­ing Rus­sell. Rus­sell took eva­sive ac­tion by turn­ing left but could do noth­ing to avoid hit­ting the wheel. The Wil­liams driver ended up in the bar­rier on the op­po­site side of the circuit.

Twelve months af­ter An­thoine Hu­bert – a for­mer team-mate of Rus­sell’s – was killed here dur­ing a For­mula Two race, the sport held its breath as the scene was pro­jected on tele­vi­sion screens.

Rus­sell and Giov­inazzi emerged un­scathed from their wrecked ma­chines. Rus­sell re­ported on the ra­dio: “I had nowhere to go.”

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