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Gearbox problem caused Russell’s retirement

BAKU, AZERBAIJAN – JUNE 06: George Russell of Great Britain driving the (63) Williams Racing FW43B Mercedes on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Azerbaijan at Baku City Circuit on June 06, 2021 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

George Russell had to retire from the Azerbaijan Grand Prix before the race restart after a late red flag, caused by Max Verstappen, due to gearbox problems.

“Unfortunately, we had a problem with the gearbox which forced me to retire before the race restart. I was just coming to the line and then I had no power, which is especially frustrating after so much anticipation building up before those final two laps. It wasn’t meant to be, and that’s racing sometimes. We’ll go away and analyze what happened,” Russell said.

“I was having a good race before that, the car felt fast and I had a lot of confidence in it so there are definitely positives to take away from the weekend,” he concluded.

Russell’s teammate, Nicholas Latifi, believes he had a good run in Baku despite his final result.

“Before the red flag, we were committing to the one-stop strategy and I was doing what I needed to do managing the tires,” he said. “In the end the result wasn’t to be, which is a shame as I felt I was driving really well throughout this weekend.

“On the operational side, there were a few things where we needed to be sharper so it’s unfortunate.”

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