George Russell Reveals His Most Emotional F1 Race as a Fan Won by Ex-McLaren Driver

Published 09/28/2021, 11:12 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 18, 2021 Williams’ George Russell being interviewed before the race Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron


23-year-old George Russell will drive alongside fellow Briton and Lewis Hamilton for Mercedes F1 from 2022. When news of the former’s deal with Mercedes broke out, fans couldn’t help but post about the young George Russell that grew up admiring the seven-time world champion. In an interview with La Gazzetta, Russell revealed the most emotional race he ever watched as a child.

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Russell reveals the most memorable GP he ever watched

The Gazzetta journalist asked him about the most emotional Grand Prix he remembers to have watched on TV. Russell replied, “The 2009 Australian GP, the first GP won by Jenson Button with Brawn GP. I got up at dawn to turn on the TV, in my bedroom in the dark.

Jenson Button, Grand Prix of Monaco, Circuit de Monaco, 28 May 2017. (Photo by Paul-Henri Cahier/Getty Images)

Russell was 11 years old at the time, and Jenson Button later went on to win the title in 2009 with Brawn GP.

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Russell has been a huge asset to the Williams team. Even though they were really slow in 2019, and 2020, Russell managed to out-qualify his teammate in the Williams 100% of the time. He made huge contributions to the team as they slowly started climbing up the grid, and by the end of the 2020 season, the Briton had managed to regularly put the Williams into Q2 during the Qualis.

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Russell came to be known as Mr. Saturday, thanks to his blistering qualifying pace. In fact, he is probably one of the best in the grid at hooking up a single lap.

Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 29, 2021 Williams’ George Russell celebrates on the podium with the second place trophy REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

This talent helped him achieve his first-ever podium for Williams when he qualified P2 in the Belgian Grand Prix. The race didn’t go ahead due to the rain, four laps were completed under the safety car and the results were classified, meaning that Russell had finished P2 with the Williams team.

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Now he’s moving on to bigger things. Mercedes have a championship-winning car, and Russell has already shown the world at the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix what he can do when given the opportunity. All eyes will be on George when he takes over the Mercedes seat next year.

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Riddhi Mondal

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Riddhi Mondal is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. Having previously worked as a student reporter at The Statesman, she is an ardent follower of all things F1. A nerd through and through, the complicated physics that goes into the cars is what drew Riddhi to the sport.

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