20:11 – George Russell must start the Grand Prix of Great Britain from last place on Sunday. The young Briton reached Q2 for the third race weekend in a row and scored the fifteenth time. However, the Williams drivers have received a five-place grid penalty for ignoring yellow flags.
Russell has been penalized for ignoring yellow flags in the first act of qualifying. In the final phase of that session, teammate Nicholas Latifi went round, resulting in yellow flags. Note that incident cost Williams in retrospect a decent starting position from Russell for the race.
At the time of the spin, the Briton secured a starting permit for Q2 and, according to the stewards on duty, did not go off the gas adequately. Russell himself was of a different opinion. Immediately after the incident he announced via the on-board radio that he had indeed gone off the gas. After examining the images and the data, the competition management considers it insufficient.
Russell has to go back five places because of the statement and therefore be the last to start the first show of strength this year at Silverstone. He will be joined on the last row by AlphaTauri driver Daniil Kvyat, who will also go back five positions due to a gearbox change. Latifi promotes to the penultimate row and leaves eighteenth on Sunday afternoon. In addition to the grid penalty, Russell has also received three penalties for his super license.