Russell's Crash at Post-Season Formula One Testing
George Russell, the 25-year-old Mercedes star, was involved in a terrifying crash during post-season Formula One testing. The incident occurred at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi, UAE, where the F1 season finale had recently taken place. Russell, who had achieved a podium finish with third place in Sunday's race, was forced to end his testing day early due to a suspected component failure.
Russell Emerges Unscathed
Following the crash, Mercedes confirmed that George Russell was unharmed. The wreckage was safely transported back to the pits, and the team has already begun investigating the cause of the accident. In a statement on X (formerly known as Twitter), Mercedes emphasized that the most important thing is that Russell is completely okay.
Testing Event and Damage to the Car
The post-season testing event allows tire supplier Pirelli to test their new compounds and provides rookie drivers with valuable track time. The damaged Mercedes car, the W14, primarily sustained damage to the front right. F2 runner-up Frederik Vesti, who replaced Lewis Hamilton in Free Practice 1 last Friday, participated in the other Mercedes during the testing.
Standings and Top Performers
Mercedes secured second place in the constructor's standings, finishing just three points ahead of Ferrari after the weekend's race. Alpine driver Esteban Ocon set the fastest time of the day. Pato O'Ward of McLaren finished in second place, followed by Vesti in third, Red Bull's Sergio Perez in fourth, and Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz in fifth.
Looking Ahead: F1 2023 Race Calendar
For fans eager to plan their F1 experience, the complete race calendar for the 2023 season is now available. It provides details on every Grand Prix happening this year.