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George Russell

Russell explains why he was so emotional over first points for Williams

In his third season with the team, George Russell finally scored his first points for Williams by finishing ninth in a chaotic Hungarian Grand Prix.

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George Russell couldn't hide his emotions after scoring his first points for Williams in his third season with the team.

The British driver finished ninth in what proved to be a chaotic Hungarian Grand Prix and, to make the result even more special, teammate Nicholas Latifi also earned points in eighth. Russell was visibly emotional in some TV interviews following the race and admits it means a huge amount to him.

"Mental. So happy and quite emotional to be honest," Russell told Sky Sports F1.

"It means so much more than just the result today. It's three years of hard work. Maybe we got lucky today, but they've been many times we haven't gotten lucky, and we truly deserve this."

During the early stages of the race Latifi found himself running in the top three, and Russell was heard over team radio telling his engineer that he was happy to sacrifice his own position to help the Canadian. Russell admits he did this given how hugely important points are to the team, who have now leapfrogged Alfa Romeo to hold eighth in the Constructors' Championship.

"For me it was clear," the 23-year-old explained. "I know how much the points mean to the team.

"We just need one good result out of 23 races, and if Nicholas could have come home in the top five, that would have been enough to absolutely seal P8 in the Constructors' Championship.

"The prize money, what it means to the team is huge, as opposed to maybe him coming home in P8 and me coming home in P12. He made a really great start and obviously he was ahead of me at the restart."

Russell added: "[I'm] just overjoyed. So happy for Nicholas. To be really fair to him, he's put in so much hard work."

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