Russell relieved after he
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.”