“I Believed I Could Fly to… “ – George Russell Opens Up on the Harsh Realities of F1

Published 08/09/2021, 10:25 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 15, 2021 Williams’ George Russell during a promotional photoshoot for the unveiling of the new 2022 F1 car REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge


Every athlete has the utmost faith in themselves, and George Russell is no different. However, as he grew older, the Brit became more practical in his approach. He thought he could breeze past the competition in F1, but with time, he realized how difficult it was.

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However, he does give credit to his younger self; if not for those moments, he couldn’t have channeled the energy to get the most out of him.

George Russell feels he has become more understanding with age

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Speaking to Claire Cottingham in an exclusive interview with the Express, he said, “You know, as as a driver, you always believe in yourself. And when I was much younger, I thought I was going to be easy.

“I believed I could fly to the moon if I wanted to and conquer anything, as most of the kids believe in. And I think it’s only as I grew a bit older I recognised how difficult that is.

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 29, 2021 Williams’ George Russell during a press conference ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Florion Goga

“I think by recognising that so early, it really helped me to channel my energy into really getting more out myself and I think it’s just it’s great that people recognise the hard work and what we’re [Williams] have been achieving on track because I don’t think that often happens,” Russell concluded.

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The Brit played a vital role in Williams’ progress this season

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The 23-year-old has brought his A-game to the 2021 season and helped the Grove-based outfit believe in themselves and find their form. Russell has regularly outperformed the car in qualifying sessions, getting into Q2 and making a surprise appearance in Q3 as well.

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 17, 2021 Williams’ George Russell during practice REUTERS/Peter Cziborra

However, the most notable moment in his career with Williams so far was at Hungarian Grand Prix. With the help of Canadian teammate, Nicholas Latifi, Russell has helped the team bag double points from that weekend.

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As it stands, Williams finds themselves in eighth place in the championship with ten points. The Grove-based outfit will be hoping to carry their form at the upcoming Belgium GP at the end of August.

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Arpit Gomes

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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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