Russell: Vegas F1 podium “thrown away” after not seeing Verstappen in blind spot
Russell overtook Ocon on the final lap for fourth place, but was penalized and dropped to eighth due to a collision with Verstappen. Russell believes that without the penalty and damage, he could have finished on the podium. He expressed frustration with the outcome of the race and called the season disappointing. Both Russell and Verstappen sustained damage in the collision, resulting in a safety car period. Russell mentioned that the safety car might have helped control tyre temperatures and feels that without it, he could have reached the podium. He also expressed concern about the dangerous conditions under the safety car and suggested that the race start time be adjusted for future races.