The Austrian Grand Prix was something worth tuning into. Not a moment went by when the situation on track was not intense.
Finally, the F1 veteran managed to secure the spot leaving Russell with a P11 finish.
Alonso and Russell fought clean
The two drivers were among the few who had a clean tussle during the race.
Most of the fights led to cars being parked on the gravel or others getting penalized.
For 10 laps, Russell tried to stay ahead of Alonso to try and get a point finish.
Healthy rivalry continues post-race
During the cooldown lap, Alonso went on to wave at Russell and even gave him a thumbs-up for his driving.
After a productive weekend, fans were rooting for Russell. Despite a rough start to the race, he managed to fight back hard.
“So close yet so far,” he concluded.
Back on the pit lane, Alonso consoled Russell by giving him a hug.
Alonso roots for Russell
The lack of animosity between the two drivers is a mark of how much they respect each other.
Even though Russell has not been able to score any points till now, he has shown amazing driving skills often finishing way ahead of teammate Nicholas Latifi.
Alonso reckons that Russell might just be a future champion in making especially after his drive for Mercedes back in Bahrain.
What did Alonso say?
“The opportunity with the Mercedes… I think it was a real opportunity for everyone to watch what a driver with the talent of George can do with a winning car,” he said.
“He nearly won the first race at the first opportunity he had.
“That, I think, was proof for many people, not only a few, that we knew how good he was; that race in Bahrain was enough to open [the eyes] of millions of people,” he concluded.
There are rumors that Russell will fill in for the second seat at Mercedes. That could prove Alonso right.
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