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Let’s not forget about George Russell’s classy post-crash act at Silverstone

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A record Silverstone crowd was left stunned when things went literally off the rails to commence one of Formula 1‘s cornerstone races.

An incredibly scary start saw Chinese driver Zhou Guanyu career off track at the first turn, upside down; slide across the gravel, flip over the tyre wall and cradle into a gap between the wall and spectator fence. By that stage, Guanyu’s Alpha Romeo was well and truly smashed up.

And what happened next defied belief as well. At his home event, British rising star George Russell reacted selflessly and heroically. The 24-year-old has been enjoying a breakout season, having finished top five in every race so far this season. But his human instincts took precedence over his competitive juices, jumping out of his car and racing over to check on his fellow driver’s safety – an act which became a big sacrifice, as he was unable to continue racing.

Russell was a part of the initial tangle with Pierre Gasly that caused the incredibly scary moment. Because Russell left his Mercedes unattended, marshals had touched his vehicle, deeming ‘outside assistance’; ending his home race on a technicality.

The race that followed was one for the ages, with lead changes and hot podium battles. Carlos Sainz ultimately took line honours, but Russell’s efforts will remain in our memories even longer.

That’s what it’s all about.

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Phil Prior
Phil Prior
Phil is the editorial lead at Only Sports, bringing more than 12 years of wide-ranging sports media experience to the team. But it’s his unrivalled passion that sets him apart. He also commentates AFL on SEN Radio, plus Rugby on Stan Sport. Find Phil on LinkedIn.

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