George Russell Trashes F1’s $240,000,000 Attempt at Hyping Up Las Vegas GP With Brutal “Animal” Jibe

Published 04/10/2023, 8:30 AM EDT

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The Las Vegas GP is set to be the crown jewel of F1 starting this year. The Grand Prix is among the races fans are most eagerly waiting for. Alas, they’ll have to wait for quite some time as the fixture features second from the last on the calendar. However, that gives F1 plenty of time to build the necessary infrastructure and run marketing campaigns for the race they are investing around $240 million for. Little did they know that George Russell will end up putting a dampener on the hype they are trying to create for the race that is set to be a starry affair.

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Mercedes recently did a fun little video with Russell asking him to rate every race track from the 2023 season. The categories they gave him were Top Tier, Great, Solid, and Meh. When it came to rating The Red Bull Ring, Russell took a not-so-subtle dig at rivals, placing it in the Meh category. While doing it, he made it clear that the reason behind him doing so was the name of the circuit. But that is not where the jibes began.

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While judging the Las Vegas circuit, he said, “This is Vegas. It looks like some sort of animal. I’ve not actually seen the Vegas track layout, yet, I’m yet to drive it on the sim. I can’t comment, but I’m going to say that will be closer to the Meh than the Top Tier. So, I’ll put that in between the two, for the benefit of the doubt.”

The other fixtures he put into the meh category were Mexico City Grand Prix, Azerbaijan Grand Prix, and Austrian Grand Prix.

Where George Russell placed the other two American race tracks

COTA is one of the most iconic circuits not just in the US but all F1 circuits combined. The fixture has given fans some iconic moments and some heartbreaking ones. All in all, it’s an exciting track. Then Miami, the place that brings all stars in one place to enjoy the F1 action. But where does the younger Mercedes driver put them?

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Talking bout COTA, George told, “Austin? That’s a fun track. So that is going in the Great column.”

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When it came to Miami, the Briton said, “Miami was fun. Miami was definitely very, very solid. Shame about the last sector. It was a little bit tight and twisty and a little bit too slow for these big F1 cars. So for that reason, Miami, you are going in the Solid.”

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Do you agree with George’s assessment of the three American F1 tracks? Where would you place them on your list?

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Nischay Rathore

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Nischay Rathore is a senior Formula 1 writer at EssentiallySports with an impressive portfolio of over 850 published articles. With a keen eye for sports and a passion for Formula 1, soccer, and tennis Nischay has embarked on a journey in sports journalism. As a long-time Formula 1 fan, Nischay enjoys reflecting on races from the sport’s past.
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