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George Russell

Frustrated Russell takes blame for Shootout 's***show'

The Mercedes driver will start the Sprint 10th.

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George Russell was left frustrated by a "s***show" in Belgian Grand Prix Sprint Shootout that left him only 10th fastest.

The Mercedes driver struggled throughout in changeable conditions to wind up without a representative lap in SQ3, having only narrowly squeezed through each of the first two sessions.

A mistake at the start of his final lap, having overtaken teammate Lewis Hamilton in the last-chicane queue, left Russell's chances squandered but both Mercedes tight together.

The pair almost collided on Kemmel Straight, with Hamilton failing to improve on seventh by the end of the session.

On team radio post-session, Russell said: "Don't really know what to say.

"That was a s***show from start to finish, especially my side."

Total mess

Addressing his session, Russell explained: "It was a total mess from start to finish, to be honest.

"I was surprised we got to SQ3 because there were so many mistakes on my side.

"A bit of miscommunication at the end with Lewis and we thought we had more time on the clock than we expected.

"I was too close to the car in front and Lewis was too close to me. A bad, bad session.

"We thought we weren't going to make the lap because the clock was running down but there was definitely more time on the clock than we foresaw.

"Max was the last car across the line, I am sure it was close for him, but a total mess this weekend really - it is not going to plan.

"I hope we can make a bit of a recovery in the races. Single-lap qualifying has been rubbish."

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