‘Ah f***’: George Russell frustrated with Lewis Hamilton

George Russell was less than pleased with Lewis Hamilton at the 2023 British GP.

George Russell appeared to be disappointed in the closing phase of the British Grand Prix, following the race’s only Safety Car.

Starting from sixth, Russell made an excellent start to the race and immediately overtook Carlos Sainz for fifth, before he began to put Charles Leclerc under pressure.

Russell did almost overtake the Monegasque driver into Club corner; however, a late change of direction from Leclerc stopped the Mercedes driver from moving ahead.

Russell remained right behind Leclerc up until Lap 16, when the Ferrari driver decided to pit.

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This freed the King’s Lynn-born driver into clean air, something which allowed him to look after his Soft tyres.

He staggeringly completed just over half of the race on his set of Softs, before pitting for Mediums.

Russell rejoined the Silverstone International Circuit narrowly behind Leclerc, before he quickly overtook him.

However, the Mercedes driver was then caught out by an engine failure for Kevin Magnussen, which resulted in Sunday afternoon’s only Safety Car.

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The Safety Car allowed several drivers ahead of Russell to complete their first pit-stop, something which effectively promoted Lewis Hamilton from seventh to third.

When behind the Safety Car, Russell was quick to ask if Hamilton still needed to pit, with Mercedes’ answer having certainly not pleased the Briton.

Mercedes informed Russell that Hamilton had pitted when the Safety Car was summoned, to which the former Williams driver replied by saying: “Ah f*** alright.”

The radio message was immediately discussed by fans on social media, with the majority having ridiculed the driver.

@lCECEDES asked on Twitter: “Why was Russell so mad about Lewis benefiting from a safety car?”

@brooks55_brooks commented: “Just shows not a team player. Just weird.”

Another fan, @JoeNBT said: “The irony that’s how George got the better of Lewis last season. Nasty guy.”

Hamilton went on to claim a 14th podium at the British GP, whilst Russell was forced to settle for fifth.

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Had it not been for the Safety Car then Russell would’ve finished ahead of his team-mate, something he’s rarely done this season.

Russell actually ended the race as the lowest British driver, with Lando Norris having finished second.

The result leaves Russell sixth in the Drivers’ Championship and 39 points behind Hamilton, ahead of the upcoming Hungarian Grand Prix.