George Russell was left feeling grateful for the halo head protection device fitted to his Williams Formula One car after an impact with the bouncing wheel of Antonio Giovinazzi’s crashed Alfa Romeo sent him out of Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix.
“It is frustrating, I was in the wrong place at the wrong time and there was nothing we could do,” said the Briton.
“I went to the left to avoid Antonio’s car and then his wheel came from nowhere and hit the front of my car, which pushed me into the wall. It was quite a big impact, but I am OK.
“I feel very fortunate to have the halo on the car as it could have gone quite near my helmet.”
The halo, a three-point titanium structure which was introduced in 2018 to protect drivers’ heads from debris