George Russell hits barriers after Hamilton crash in double Austria disaster for Mercedes

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George Russell hit the barriers at qualifying for the Austria GP just minutes after Lewis Hamilton also crashed in a double disaster for Mercedes. Russell span off at Turn 10 and his car went sliding across the run-off area at the final corner.

Fortunately the Brit was ok, but the incident summed up a wretched afternoon for Mercedes. And it could even get worse, with the stewards going to take a look after Russell climbed out of his car and “entered the track without permission”.

There were head in hands at the Mercedes garage, with Toto Wolff visibly grimacing. It came after Hamilton crashed out after a heavy shunt at Turn 7. The star suffered a loss of traction midway through the corner which chucked him off the track. Hamilton then stuck a wheel on the gravel which sucked him into the barrier.

Mercedes tweeted: “Lewis is OK and out of the car.” And Hamilton himself could be heard saying: “Damn, I am so sorry guys. I’m so sorry for damaging the car.”

With Russell, meanwhile, Mercedes tweeted: “George is OK, out of the car and making his way back to the garage.”

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