Russell wants change to Monza's ‘get out of jail free’ corner
During the Italian Grand Prix, the Mercedes driver, George Russell, went off the track twice. The first time was while battling Sergio Perez for position, and the second time was when he came out of the pits alongside Esteban Ocon. Russell was given a five-second penalty for gaining an advantage and not giving back the place he gained. However, this penalty did not affect his fifth-place finish in the race won by Max Verstappen. Russell admitted that he took a risk in going hot into Turn 1 to stay ahead of Ocon, and he would like to see a change in that corner in the future. Despite the penalty, Russell had no regrets about his risky move as he knew P5 was the best result given the gap to P6. He also had a spectacular battle with Perez earlier in the race, managing to keep him behind for 15 laps. Although the pace was not there, Russell believes that the team will be more competitive in the next race in Singapore and needs to understand the differences between their high and low downforce packages.