George Russell Reacts as Ex-F1 Teammate Nicholas Latifi Breaks His Silence

Published 12/22/2021, 4:20 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 29, 2021 Williams’ George Russell during a press conference ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Florion Goga


Nicholas Latifi was bombarded with a lot of hate after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. His crash towards the end of the race changed the course of the title fight between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen.

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The Williams driver was abused on social media and has spent the last few days ignoring it. Now, over a week after the incident, the Canadian driver has spoken about it, and his former Williams teammate, George Russell, has come in support of Latifi.

George Russell comes to support Latifi after the incidents of the Abu Dhabi GP

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Nicholas was battling with Mick Schumacher, and moments after that, he crashed into the barriers, which resulted in a safety car being brought on. Later, a controversial decision by the FIA also changed the course of the championship. As the chequered flag brought the race to an end, it was Verstappen who became world champion.

But, it didn’t end there, as Latifi was flooded with hateful messages on social media, which he addressed on Twitter. Russell soon tweeted as well, in support of his ex Williams teammate.

Russell wrote, Huge respect to you for speaking up, Nicholas Latifi. There’s no place for this kind of hatred in our world.”

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How did Russell perform in 2021?

The Brit certainly brought his A-game this season and earned himself the name “Mr Saturday” for his qualifying pace. One of the most memorable things about Russell’s season was the Belgian Grand Prix, where he scored his first Formula One podium.

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With the 2021 season concluding, Russell picked up sixteen points and finished fifteenth in the driver’s championship. Now in 2022, George will be driving for one of the most dominating teams on the grid, Mercedes.

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

Knowing the talent Russell has, the Formula One community is looking forward to seeing Russell in a Silver Arrow; fighting for wins and podiums in the upcoming season.

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What are your predictions for Russell in 2022? Let us know in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes

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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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