George Russell Sheds Light on the Instrumental Role His Parents Played for Him to Reach F1

Published 10/03/2021, 7:25 AM EDT
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND: George Russell of Great Britain and Williams prepares to drive in the garage during final practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone in Northampton, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


From becoming Formula 2 champion with ART in 2018 to securing his maiden Formula 1 podium, George Russell has come a long way in his career. And after months of speculation regarding his future, the young Briton will join Mercedes next season to team up with the seven-time world champion, Lewis Hamilton.

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However, Russell wouldn’t have achieved this much success without his parents. The Williams driver recently opened up on the instrument role his parents played for him to reach Formula 1.

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What did George Russell say?

During the interview with the German media outlet, Bild, George Russell, recalls the role played by his parents during his go-karting days.

“My father would often work early in the morning and come home late. But as soon as he got home on Friday evening, we jumped into the car and went karting,” said Russell.

HUNGARORING, BUDAPEST, HUNGARY: George Russell of ROKiT Williams Racing in the paddock during the F1 Grand Prix of Hungary. (Photo by Marco Canoniero/LightRocket via Getty Images)

“My mother always came with me. She had a notepad in which she wrote down all of our setups: times, tire pressure, engine,” added Russell. (Translated via Google Translate)

Russell opens up on how he arranged himself a seat at Williams

George Russell, who joined the Wantage-based team in 2019 on a three-year contract, recalled how he initiated talks with then Williams’ team principal, Claire Williams, to arrange himself a drive at the pinnacle of motor racing.

“I went to the hospitality area and asked to meet Claire (Williams, then team principal). This mentality has helped me a lot on my way,” told Russell.

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BARCELONA, SPAIN: George Russell of Great Britain and Williams looks on as drivers line up on the grid for a photo prior to day one of Formula 1 Winter Testing at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)

My parents always said you had to work hard for your dreams. You only get back from life what you give. Formula 1 is so far away, you have to reach for the stars. If you don’t always give 120 percent, you have no chance,” concluded the young Brit driver.

Russell has been in a red hot form since the start of the second half of the season. The 23-year-old has never scored a point for Williams before the Hungarian GP and now he has made a habit of finishing in the top 10. In addition, Russell also secured his maiden podium finish for the Wantage-based team at the Spa-Francorchamps.

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Pingaksh Sharma

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Pingaksh Sharma is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been following this sport since India hosted the Grand Prix in 2012 and has been an ardent supporter of the eventual race winner, Sebastian Vettel. He is also a fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull and hopes the former breaks the Lewis Hamilton dominance.

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