‘It Was Just as Heartbreaking’- George Russell Names His Worst F1 Race of 2020

Published 01/15/2021, 8:15 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Sakhir Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Mercedes’ George Russell celebrates after qualifying in second position Pool via REUTERS/Tolga Bozoglu


George Russell drives for the much-maligned Williams as a full-time driver. Even though he showed his prowess in a one-off race with Mercedes, he is yet to open his account with his current team.

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However, it wasn’t for the lack of trying. The Briton got perilously close in a few races like the Emilia Romagna GP. At Imola, he was cruising nicely in 1oth place behind the safety car. But while trying to generate temperature in his tires, he got off-road and hit the barriers.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Williams’ George Russell the race Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon

He looked disappointed with himself, but he doesn’t believe that that was his worst race of 2020. Although this comes close because of a silly driver error, he finds the Tuscan GP even more disheartening.

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“The biggest drop was in Mugello. This was a great opportunity. It was just as heartbreaking to see what we built slipped out of our hands,” said Russell (H/T GPFans Global).

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Mercedes’ George Russell during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

“My feelings for Imola are indescribable because we can say that it was a very different mistake for there. Everything moved away from us quickly. It’s a very different feeling, but it is clear that these two are our biggest downfalls.”

The Mercedes trainee was on course for his first Top-10 finish in Mugello as he was comfortably running in 9th. But for another safety car period that adversely affected the temperatures of his compound, Raikkonen overtook him towards the end and he finished at a frustrating 11th place.

Not all doom & gloom for George Russell

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Amidst a few lows, there were plenty of highs for the young Brit. The much-maligned Williams’ team made a noticeable improvement from 2019, and that was on full display at the Styrian GP.

“Without a doubt, these were high performances for me and it was very enjoyable. For the first time in Austria, under wet conditions, to go to the second qualifying session and think we are in the same tenth time as Ferrari,” said an ecstatic Russell.

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It is remarkable to see the gulf in his talent and the machinery that simply does not merit it. But maybe the wait won’t be so long. With the situation surrounding Lewis Hamilton looking tense, he may drive their championship runner soon.

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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