Russell has to start at the back at Silverstone due to grid penalty NOW

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George Russell received a grid penalty of five places on Saturday for the Grand Prix of Great Britain. The Williams driver will therefore start on Sunday from the twentieth and last place.

Russell, 22, was punished for neglecting yellow flags in the first session of qualifying at Silverstone. The Brit drove too fast after his teammate Nicholas Latifi was spun in the second sector.

Speaking about the onboard radio, Russell said he had “certainly slowed down” when the yellow flags were waved, but FIA stewards thought otherwise. At that time he drove his fastest lap in the first session.

Russell qualified fifteenth in Britain, but now starts behind Latifi due to the grid penalty. The Canadian set the slowest time in qualifying on Saturday. Kevin Magnussen, Antonio Giovinazzi, Kimi Räikkönen and Romain Grosjean also take advantage of Russell’s penalty and move forward.

Max Verstappen finished third in qualifying. The Red Bull driver was just over a second slower than Lewis Hamilton, who starts from pole position. Valtteri Bottas, Hamilton’s teammate at Mercedes, was also faster than Verstappen.

The Grand Prix of Great Britain starts on Sunday at 3.10 p.m.

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