Even in Hungary, at least on the day dedicated to press conferences, the topic of the moment in F1 was still confirmed to be the Hamilton-Verstappen accident at Silverstone. Opinions on the incident were asked by the journalists present in the press room not only to those directly involved, but also to almost all the other Circus pilots. Naturally, he could not be missing from these George Russell, Williams’ talent in predicate – according to many – to become the new Mercedes driver in 2022 alongside Lewis Hamilton, taking over from Valtteri Bottas.
In relation to the contact and the 10-second penalty attributed by the race marshals to Hamilton, his possible future box mate spoke clearly: “From my point of view, it was absolutely a racing accident – said Russell – and there are no rules, in this respect, that can tell who is right or who is wrong. It’s just one of those things that happens. Sometimes there is no right or wrong, it’s just a race accident “. Verstappen in his statements to the media remarked that he is among the few riders without penalties. However, Russell wanted to reiterate Hamilton’s correctness.
“Lewis is one of the cleanest and fairest drivers out there, always, and there was nothing malevolent in his attempt, because there was a clear opportunity “ the Williams driver pointed out again. “Obviously the consequences were huge and I was very happy to see that Max was relatively well after the accident. But these racing incidents are difficult to judge. I don’t think there has to be anything clearer in that specific scenario, because it was, for me, just a pure racing accident.Concluded Russell.