George Russell was on the verge of tears when speaking to Sky Sports after the Singapore GP, when he was forced to retire after a crash on the final lap.
Russell had been second when a safety car gave him the chance to pit, seeing him drop to fourth, but the Brit was now on fresher tyres than those on the podium.
And, alongside team-mate Lewis Hamilton, the pair went hunting top spot – passing Charles Leclerc – as they placed Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz under significant pressure.
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Russell was pushing his car to the limit, when he clipped a corner, causing him to fly off the track on the final lap – crashing out of the Singapore GP.
Speaking to Sky, he said: "No words, to be honest. It was such a long race, a physical race, and it was difficult to keep concentration when Carlos was backing the pack up.
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"I think we were half-a-cars length from winning the race, had I got past Lando, I think we would have been able to get past Carlos.
"Then the last lap, millimetre lapse of concentration and then game over, so yeah, I just want to say sorry to the whole team."
It was Sainz who finally ended Max Verstappen's dominence, becoming the first driver to win a race this season not in a Red Bull. And only the third driver to win a race – with Sergio Perez winning in Saudi Arabia and Azerbaijan.
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