George Russell Penalized with Three-Place Grid Drop for Impeding Charles Leclerc in US GP Sprint Qualifying
Drama Unfolds in Sprint Qualifying as Russell's Incident Earns Penalties
As the United States Grand Prix weekend unfolded, the drivers engaged in another round of qualifying action on Saturday to determine the starting order for the sprint race. Drama ensued during the latter stages of SQ1, with George Russell finding himself at the center of controversy after impeding Charles Leclerc.
As Charles Leclerc navigated the penultimate corner at speed, he encountered a slow-moving George Russell in his Mercedes on the exit, disrupting Leclerc’s crucial flying lap. Both drivers managed to progress through the SQ1 stage, but Leclerc was far from content with the situation.