George Russell rues lost Mercedes Las Vegas GP podium: I would’ve overtaken Verstappen

George Russell eventually finished eighth for Mercedes at the 2023 Las Vegas GP


George Russell accepted blame for his collision with Max Verstappen at the 2023 Las Vegas Grand Prix but added he came off worse and even claimed it cost him a podium.

Russell was running fourth, ahead of both Red Bulls before Verstappen made an opportunistic but perfectly legitimate dive up the inside of the Mercedes at Turn 11.

Verstappen had successfully completed a similar overtake on Zhou Guanyu earlier in the race, but on Lap 25 Russell didn’t see the car approaching, turned in and damaged the Dutchman’s front wing.

“You have the long straight afterwards, the corner was his and even if I saw him engaging the corner, I would have just overtaken him straight back with the DRS,” Russell told Viaplay after the race.

“It’s one of those corners, you’re not even looking in your mirrors once you start braking, you can’t look at the corner and look in your mirrors at the same time.

“So totally my fault, was in my blind spot, wasn’t expecting it and paid the price once again.”

Russell: Sums up our season

George Russell at 2023 Las Vegas Grand Prix | Mercedes / Sebastian Kawka

Russell was just 0.008 seconds away from a front-row start in qualifying, but despite running as the stronger Mercedes driver throughout the weekend he actually finished behind Lewis Hamilton in Las Vegas.

The Verstappen collision earned him a five-second penalty, but the resulting safety car for debris on the track also allowed cars around Russell to score a cheap pitstop.

The hefty contact left both cars damaged, and though Verstappen went on to become the first victor on The Strip Circuit, Russell couldn’t replicate that success and dropped to eighth at the chequered flag.

That meant he finished behind Carlos Sainz, while Ferrari‘s Charles Leclerc snatched second on the last lap from Sergio Perez by just 0.171s so Mercedes‘ margin in the race for second-place in the constructors’ championship has been cut to four points.

“It sums up the story of this season, a total missed opportunity,” Russell added. “Once again a very straightforward podium was on the cards.

“So it was a shame then for the safety car because even though we had more damage, we still would have finished P3, I’m just pretty demoralized, disappointed with with how it all ended up.”

Adam Dickinson
Adam Dickinson
An international multi-award-winning journalist, Adam Dickinson has written for since June 2022 and also contributes to TNT Sports, Eurosport and the Rugby Paper. He's also had articles published in the Daily Telegraph and several local newspapers, previously worked for and in motorsport, and graduated with a First-Class Journalism Degree from the University of Sheffield having also studied in Oklahoma. Adam started watching F1 by accident in 2007, catching the last race in Indianapolis, and attended his first race as a journalist at the 2023 British Grand Prix.
- Advertisment -


Max Verstappen, Lando Norris and Lewis Hamilton on the podium after the 2024 Spanish GP | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Toto Wolff sets out timeline for Mercedes F1 victory

Toto Wolff explained the 2024 Spanish Grand Prix showed Mercedes are three-tenths behind Formula 1 pacesetters Red Bull and...
Chase Elliott leads the pack at the NASCAR Cup Series USA Today 301 in New Hampshire | NASCAR

How NASCAR had “a lot of fun” with wet weather oval racing at New...

When Mother Nature decided to rain on the NASCAR Cup Series' USA Today 301, however, the sport finally found...
Max Verstappen looks on at the 2024 Monaco GP | Clive Rose / Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Max Verstappen snaps back as British GP chiefs turn on Red Bull

Max Verstappen has hit back at suggestions that Red Bull are to blame for lower ticket sales ahead of...
Lewis Hamilton celebrates his podium at the 2024 Spanish GP | Mercedes / Sam Bloxham

Lewis Hamilton dismisses notions he regrets Ferrari move

Lewis Hamilton stunned the Formula 1 world in February by announcing a dramatic switch to Ferrari to replace Carlos...
Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc during practice for the 2024 Spanish GP | Scuderia Ferrari Press Office

Charles Leclerc reveals rift with Carlos Sainz after Ferraris collide at Spanish GP

Charles Leclerc slammed Carlos Sainz for ruining his 2024 Spanish Grand Prix as the Ferrari drivers collided at Turn...
Lando Norris celebrates pole position at the 2024 Spanish GP | McLaren F1 Team

Lando Norris stakes claim to rival Verstappen for F1 drivers’ title

Lando Norris believes that his last two Formula 1 races prove he is capable of competing against Max Verstappen...
Max Verstappen, Lando Norris and Lewis Hamilton on the podium after the 2024 Spanish GP | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

F1 Driver Ratings – Spanish GP 2024

Max Verstappen clinched his seventh Formula 1 victory of the season at the 2024 Spanish Grand Prix, but the...
Max Verstappen in the F1 paddock ahead of the 2024 Spanish Grand Prix | Chris Graythen / Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Mercedes chairman flirts with Max Verstappen: He’d look good in silver

One of the most important figures within Mercedes AMG, Ola Kallenius, has declared Max Verstappen “would look good in...
Carlos Sainz during practice for the 2024 Spanish GP | Scuderia Ferrari Press Office

Carlos Sainz hits out at Lewis Hamilton over unpunished Spanish GP move

Carlos Sainz believes Lewis Hamilton should've been given a penalty for his overtaking move that forced the Ferrari driver...
Max Verstappen during 2024 Spanish GP Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Max Verstappen warning to Red Bull and demands improvement

Max Verstappen demands Red Bull improvement as another tough race saw the reigning world champion have to really work...
- Advertisment -