“Already a Polished Diamond” – Williams F1 Boss Believes George Russell Will Be a ‘Huge Asset’ to Mercedes

Published 12/28/2021, 11:44 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 20, 2021 Williams Racing Chief Executive Officer Jost Capito in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


British driver George Russell joined the Mercedes F1 team for the post-season testing in Abu Dhabi. Though relatively young, Russell is one of the most lethal forces on the F1 grid when he takes the wheel. After winning the 2018 GP2 championship, the 23-year-old made his first F1 appearance in the 2019 Australian Grand Prix for the Williams team.

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After 3 seasons with the team, Russell has left Williams to join Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes. Williams boss Jost Capito is all praises for the young gun for his performances with the team. Russell outperformed his teammate on almost every occasion and Capito believes he can be a lethal force in a Mercedes car.

Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 4, 2021 Williams’ George Russell during qualifying REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Williams boss Capito praises George Russell

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Russell did not have a competitive car for the 2021 season but still managed to put up some highly impressive performances. His only podium this season came at the Belgian GP. However, the 2022 season will surely see him climbing many ladders now that he has a car suiting his potential.

In a recent interview with Motorsport, Jost Capito stressed on his talent and what he can achieve in the future. “George is a great team leader. And raw diamond would not good enough. He is already a polished diamond.”

“And he is still not at his best, I think he can still get better. But the stage he is now he is a huge asset for every team. And so he was for us,” said Capito.

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“And on one hand, we are sad to see him leave. But that could be expected, and we supported him to get this chance. And we are very happy for him to get the chance,” added the German.

Formula One F1 – Young Driver Test – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 14, 2021 Mercedes’ George Russell during testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

This is not the first time Russell will hop into the Mercedes cockpit. The Brackley-based outfit asked the Mercedes junior team driver to replace Hamilton during the 2020 Sakhir GP after the latter was diagnosed with Covid-19. He missed out on a pole by just 0.0026 seconds while driving Hamilton’s W-11.

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He looked on track to get his first win in the same race before a tire failure forced him to finish 9th. However, this time when he returns to the Silver Arrows, it will not be to fill in for someone. We can expect some high-quality racing from the young Brit in the 2022 season.

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Rituraj Tripathi

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Rituraj Tripathi is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. A true lover of speed, he is big fan of Lewis Hamilton and finds a future world champion in Lando Norris. Rituraj eagerly looks forward to the paddock moving to the Circuit de Monaco, and he finds Portier corner as the most exciting part of the track.

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