In a promising position for a points finish, George Russell made an expensive mistake and went hard into the wall while the field was driving behind the safety car. Afterwards he was very strict with himself, something his colleagues say he doesn't have to be. Jolyon Palmer does not think it should happen again.
"That was a pretty big mistake by George [Russell] and he knows it," he says in the BBC's Checkered Flag podcast. "Behind the Safety Car it is difficult to keep the tyres warm and many drivers have spun or crashed in the past. It happens. Formula 1 cars are very difficult to drive at very low speeds, especially if you're driving on a used hard tyre".
"But the thing is for Russell, he has a lot of potential, he drives one of the weakest cars on the grid, especially in the race trim. He drove great, but it's another race in which he doesn't score points," said Palmer, putting his finger on the sore spot.
Russell previously made mistakes in promising position
The longer it takes for Russell to finally reach a point, the greater the burden on his shoulders, especially if he misses it because of his own mistakes. The race in Imola was not the first time this happened. Palmer cites the German Grand Prix and this season Mugello as examples where Russell also had it in his own hands.
"I think if it happens again people will start talking", by which Palmer means that Russell's talent will be questioned. A verdict that, according to Palmer, would therefore have been avoidable.