George Russell Reveals His One Issue With Mercedes F1 Car After Abu Dhabi Testing

Published 12/15/2021, 7:44 AM EST
BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN – Second place qualifier George Russell of Great Britain and Mercedes GP looks on in parc ferme during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Sakhir at Bahrain International Circuit in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Dan Istitene – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)


George Russell is now an official Mercedes F1 driver. The 2021 season may just have ended, but teams are already working to get ready for the upcoming season. The Brit did some tests at the Yas Marina in the Mercedes w10; the 2019 title-winning car.

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Russell did point out one issue with the car that made things difficult. Nevertheless, he is impressed with the car and has stated that he has the Christmas break to recover.

George Russell opens up about the issue that is bothering him in the Mercedes

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After doing some tests at the Yas Marnia, Russell is quite happy with the car’s performance, but it does have one issue that is causing problems for the Brit.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 10, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during practice REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

He said, “I’m a bit battered and bruised today to be honest, it’s pretty damn tight in that car, but next year will be much better. I’ll have a bit more room to breathe so looking forward to that. But suck it up, get on with it, and I’ve got all of Christmas to recover!”

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What more did Russell say about the W10?

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Undoubtedly, the Brackley-based squad have made title-dominating cars over the years in Formula One. Now, Russell, the newest addition to their team, was mightily impressed after taking out the W10 out for some tests at the Yas Marina.

BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN – George Russell of Great Britain and Mercedes GP prepares to drive on the grid before the F1 Grand Prix of Sakhir at Bahrain International Circuit in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images)

He said, “It’s a good car, it’s definitely a very good car. Even though it’s modified it gives you confidence and it’s a real joy to drive, you can put it on the limit, you’ve got confidence in it and it’s something I’ve struggled with a little bit in the past season. That’s why it won the championship back in 2019 and as I say, a great experience.”

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What are your expectations for Russell when he races in a Mercedes next season? Let us know in the comments 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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