Ex-Formula 1 star Timo Glock has voiced criticism against George Russell for his perceived carelessness during the Singapore Grand Prix, which resulted in a heartbreaking conclusion for the Mercedes driver.
Russell, who was on the verge of securing only his second F1 victory and had third-place virtually secured, brushed the barrier at Turn 10 on the final lap, leading to a crash that allowed his teammate Lewis Hamilton to claim third place.
This incident cost Mercedes crucial points as the world championship enters its final seven rounds.
Russell remained visibly upset as he reflected on his performance during an emotional interview with Sky Sports.
The Brit stated: “No words, to be honest,” the Brit confessed. “Such a long and difficult race.
“Difficult to keep concentration when Carlos was doing a great job backing the pack up and not allowing us to do the alternative strategy.
“I think we were half a car’s length from winning the race had I got past Lando when I had the opportunity.
“I think we’d have been able to get past Carlos. On the last lap, a millimetre’s lapse in concentration and it’s game over. I’m so sorry to the whole team.”
Despite this, Glock has insinuated that the 25-year-old displayed a lack of discipline as he approached the 62nd lap.
Glock in his Sky Germany column wrote: “Mercedes went full risk on George Russell, they put all their eggs in one basket, all in for the win.”
“Russell pushed hard to close the gap to the front and fight for the podium and possibly victory. Then there was this little carelessness, which can also happen to a Russell.
“Up until then, he had driven a faultless race. On a street circuit like Singapore, a millisecond of carelessness can lead you into a mistake and then the race is over for you, even on the last lap.”