Escapes ‘scary’ collision
Speaking after his accident, a relieved Russell said: “It was scary for a split-second to have this massive rear tyre flying towards me. It is certainly the most dramatic incident in my Formula One career and the biggest crash I have had.
“I was unfortunate that the tyre hit my car, but it could have hit a marshal or someone in the crowd. F1 has taken massive steps on safety, but this is something that needs to be improved.
“I am immensely grateful to be in this era. Motor racing is incredibly dangerous but entirely safe.”
The incident took place on lap 10, less than an hour after an emotional one-minute silence had been staged to mark the death of Hubert – the Frenchman who died following a four-car pile-up.
Hubert’s mother Nathalie took her place alongside the sport’s drivers as they formed a circle around a giant black-and-white portrait of her son. “The memories I had of Anthoine and the times we experienced together flooded back,” Russell said. it can never be