Russell’s Head Bounced Around So Violently During Qualifying Incident His Headrest Broke – WTF1

Russell’s Head Bounced Around So Violently During Qualifying Incident His Headrest Broke

George Russell and his car sure did take a beating through the gravel trap at Interlagos during the opening stages of Q3 😳 

I just want to highlight something up front: Russell is absolutely fine. But things could have been worse – he very nearly made it all the way to the barrier. In any event, it turns out you don’t need to come face to face with an MSC Cruises advertising panel to have a painful time behind the wheel of an F1 car.

Due to the speed it was carrying, Russell’s W13 was sent bouncing up and down as it skipped across the gravel, and with such ferocity, the motion of his head beating against his headrest actually broke it.

“I’ve broken the headrest because my head was banging so much – it was a pretty unpleasant experience,” he told F1TV after the session.

That’s wild. I mean, just think about how robust these parts need to be!

Following a head-banging session to rival even the most energetic of Metallica gigs, Russell was keen to point out that, apart from the headrest, he’s positive the car is all good.

“Oh yeh, there should be no damage,” he added, though he did allude to it perhaps needing to be given a thorough check.

“Always a bit tentative when it’s been lifted onto the tow truck, and there’s a lot of gravel, so you know the guys are gonna have to take the car to pieces tonight just to make sure we’ve got all the gravel out”.

Despite the fact his car brought out the red flags, which would ultimately mean nobody could improve their times as the rain started to fall, he’ll start tomorrow’s Sprint race in P3.

Do you think Russell’s car will be alright following today’s incident?


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