George Russell Explains How His ‘Goals Drastically Changed’ When He Reached F1

Published 07/16/2021, 4:15 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 19, 2021 Williams’ George Russell during a press conference ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier


George Russell entered Formula One back in 2019, as the 2018 F2 World champion. However, when the young Brit stepped into the pinnacle of motorsport, his objectives changed.

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The 23-year-old stated that in his younger days, winning in Formula One was the main goal. However, Russell’s perspective soon changed when soon featured on the F1 grid.

Russell states he had to rethink his goals when first entered Formula One

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In the press conference, when RaceFans asked him what had changed from when he first entered the scene, Russell replied, “It was very clear growing up, from when I was eight years old until I got to Formula 1, the goal was to win.”

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 15, 2021 Williams’ George Russell during a promotional photoshoot for the unveiling of the new 2022 F1 car REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge

[Whether] you had a successful weekend was based on if you put it on pole and then won the races or not. Then suddenly in F1, those goals drastically changed,” Russell concluded.

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Can George perform at his home race?

The Williams’ driver is ready for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone– his home race. The young Brit is hoping to put on a good show in front of his home crowd, but more importantly, score some much-needed points for the Grove-based team.

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Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 4, 2021 Williams’ George Russell during the race REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Russell is certainly looking forward to the sprint qualifying session that will place on Saturday. He knows he can bring out the best of the Williams’ car as he did in the previous venues. The most notable was his Q3 appearance in Austria two weeks ago.

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Furthermore, as having the crowd back in the stands will surely boost the young gun’s morale, he will hope to deliver on home soil. What are your predictions for Russell this upcoming weekend? Let us know in the comments section down below.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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