"If you can choose the pilot behind you, it is never Alonso"

Russell regrets the missed opportunity to score for the fight against Fernando. The Asturian regrets it: "I felt it when I saw that the tenth was him"


Just before he left, Jost Capito, Williams's boss, passed the door of the Alpine hospitality. He came across Fernando Alonso, who told him "I'm sorry", and he doesn't need a translation. The Spaniard overtook George Russell in the last third of the race when both battled for the tenth position that would have given the Briton his first point alongside the Grove team. He has four in his career, but achieved them with Mercedes at the 2020 Sakhir GP. Williams has not scored since Germany 2019, when Kubica scratched a tenth in a rainy race and Russell, 23, has been eleventh three times with them. .

The fight was intense, from another era, the two-time champion had to pull all his overtaking repertoire to overtake a very fast Williams on the straight, partly thanks to the Mercedes engine. In the end he overtook him by going long into turn three to come out with more traction and consolidate the overtaking before braking at turn four.Everything indicates that Russell will be a Mercedes driver in 2022

"So close, so far," said the Englishman. "I was driving as fast as I could but in the end if you could pick the driver behind you, it would never be Fernando." Alonso also commented on the play: “I felt sad for George, as soon as I saw that he was the tenth I felt it for him. I wasn't expecting much from this race, but when I saw myself in eleventh place and with the pace and tires to catch the tenth, I knew I would have it. ”

"George will have more chances for podiums and victories in the future," said Fernando, who recently exchanged helmets with Russell and wrote on his: "A future champion." Everything indicates that Russell will be a Mercedes driver in 2022 with Hamilton after three seasons at Williams, and replacing Bottas.

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