George Russell Fancies He Was Equipped for Mercedes F1 Seat in 2020

Published 12/30/2021, 12:06 PM EST
Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 2, 2021 Williams’ George Russell during the FIA Press Conference Pool via REUTERS/Andrej Isakovic


George Russell will join the Mercedes AMG F1 team at the beginning of the 2022 season. The young British driver would replace Valtteri Bottas in the team. Russell might not have a problem in adjusting from Williams to Mercedes as he has already driven for the German team.

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Russell subbed in for Lewis Hamilton at the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix after the latter tested positive for COVID-19. The young Brit impressed everyone with his driving as he almost won the race. The outgoing Williams driver mentioned that he was ready to move to Mercedes at the end of the 2020 season.

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I think two years at Williams would have been ideal: George Russell

Russell made his debut in 2019 with Williams and had a three-year contract with the team. He believes that a two-year contract would have been ideal for him.

“You can always learn something. Natural speed remains constant, but in all other respects, you can improve. You can interact more efficiently with the engineers, better tune the car, and work better with the tires.” said George.

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

“After my first season with Williams, I thought I was ready to move to a more competitive team. But now I feel like a more professional racer. I think two years at Williams would have been ideal.

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I was ready to move up this season, but I had a three-year contract and there was nothing we could do about it,” said Russell.

The last time, Russell replaced Hamilton in the Mercedes, but now they will be teammates. It would be interesting to see if the young Brit can challenge and outperform the 7-time world champion through the course of the season.

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If he beats Hamilton in his first season with the team, he will lay down a marker on the grid. How do you think the 2022 season will pan out for George Russell?

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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