George Russell Teases Fans With an ‘Announcement’ Ahead of British GP

Published 07/15/2021, 6:59 AM EDT
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)


Hours away from Silverstone, everyone is exhilarated and ready to see what the weekend unfurls. This is for many reasons – the sprint format, Verstappen’s lead, home races for various drivers, and also the announcement about Mercedes’ second seat. While rumors regarding the announcement have been brushed aside, George Russell knows how to tease the internet.

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In a recent Twitter and Instagram post, Russell dramatically exclaimed, “ANNOUNCEMENT.”

What followed surely was a heart-dropping moment for most. “New helmet for the British GP.” The Brit’s little prank was surely an intense moment for most fans.

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Russell discounted the possibilities of any sort of announcement at Silverstone; however, the man clearly knows what power he holds. The comments section of either post only shows how disappointed the fans were for falling for a prank like this.

Third home race for George Russell

Back in 2019, Russell sat down with The Guardian and described his excitement for Silverstone. “I am massively looking forward to it, it is the best track on the calendar. Silverstone gives you a special feeling, it gives you goosebumps.”

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The thrilled Briton did not stop there. “First win in F4 and the first time I drove an F1 car was at Silverstone… It has great memories. Vibe is not a word I often use but the vibe at Silverstone is incredible.”

Three years later, and the excitement is still the same.

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NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JULY 31: George Russell of Great Britain driving the (63) Williams Racing FW43 Mercedes on track during practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone on July 31, 2020, in Northampton, England. (Photo by Rudy Carezzevoli/Getty Images)

The Williams driver finished 14th in his rookie season and crossed the checkered flag 12th last year. 2021 brings us a new GR 63, more competitive and ravenous for points. With a close battle for P10 in Austria and the monumental Q3 entry, Russell knows well what he’s capable of.

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With his helmet embellished with his national flag, cloaked with red, blue, and white, Russell hopes to make this a home race to remember. ‘Mr. Saturday’ soon needs to become Mr. Sunday, and maybe the race at Silverstone can get the ball rolling.

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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