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Former Wisbech Grammar student George Russell impresses... but late puncture costs chance of Grand Prix win

Late misfortune denied former Wisbech Grammar School student George Russell a podium finish and even a potential race win on his debut for the Mercedes Formula 1 team in Bahrain this evening.

The 22-year-old, who was brought up in Tydd St Giles, finished ninth in the Sakhir Grand Prix won by Mexico's Sergio Perez - collecting his first World Championship points in the process.

But, having led for much of the 87 lap race, a late puncture finally cost him hopes of victory, after a hugely impressive showing in place of world champion Lewis Hamilton.

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