Russell apologises to Sainz for race-ending Crash 

Sainz retired with a water leak after Mercedes driver Russell ploughed into the facet of the pole-sitter’s Ferrari having did not decelerate at Flip 1, sending him spinning to the again. 

Russell, who went on to complete fifth in Austin after selecting up a five-second time penalty for the incident, took full blame for ruining Sainz’s race.  

“Firstly, apologies to him,” Russell stated. “We’re all going into Flip 1 attacking, you by no means need to be concerned in contributing to taking any individual else’s race out.

“I used to be anticipating him to attempt to go across the outdoors of Max somewhat than in the reduction of, and by that time I would already dedicated and it was sort of inevitable that I used to be going to make contact.

“I simply went to see him and apologised for that.

“From there on it was a extremely troublesome afternoon for me personally. I have been actually off the tempo this weekend. I do know there was some injury, however I do not understand how a lot injury there was precisely to the automotive.

“It is going to give me a little bit of peace of thoughts if it is greater than we first anticipated, as a result of I used to be nowhere this afternoon.”

Russell stays fourth within the F1 2022 drivers’ standings, 20 factors away from Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton. 

Sainz: Russell got here from nowhere 

Sainz had slipped behind the fast-starting Pink Bull of Max Verstappen and was trying to battle again exiting Flip 1 when he was hit by Russell. 

Chatting with the media instantly after his retirement whereas the race was ongoing, and earlier than Russell had apologised, Sainz stated: “I feel you do not want many phrases. You simply want the photographs to see precisely what occurred, and the photographs communicate for themselves.

“I used to be in the course of a battle with Max into Flip 1 and immediately one man that wasn’t within the battle got here from nowhere and ran into me, in order that’s it.”

The Spaniard claimed his Ferrari has an “inherent downside” after making his newest poor begin. 

“I feel it’s a mixture of issues,” he added. “Our begin hasn’t been nice as a result of we’ve an inherent downside on this automotive.

“My begin [today] wasn’t too dangerous if you evaluate it to the Mercs, it was Max who received a extremely good one.”

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