Mercedes Debut Heroics or Maiden F1 Points With Williams? Russell Picks His ‘Greater Achievement’

Published 08/12/2021, 3:19 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


George Russell is one of the most talented drivers on the current F1 grid, many speculate that he would make the move to Mercedes for the 2022 season. The Brit impressed the Silver Arrows last season at Sakhir when he stepped in for Lewis Hamilton, who contracted Covid-19.

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The 23-year-old showed the Brackley-based squad what he is capable of; for some showing your talent to the most dominant team on the grid is an achievement. However, for Russell, there is another moment that holds a special place in his heart.

At the recent Hungarian Grand Prix, Williams managed to secure their first double points of the season. something the Grove-based outfit hasn’t been able to achieve since 2018. Hence, the Brit feels that this achievement with Williams is far greater than driving for Mercedes.

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BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN – George Russell of Great Britain and Mercedes GP prepares to drive on the grid before the F1 Grand Prix of Sakhir at Bahrain International Circuit in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images)

George Russell considers double points with Williams a “greater feeling”

Nicholas Latifi earned himself a seventh-place finish, while Russell took eighth place. Together, they earned the team a total of ten points which were their first points of the season. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that the Brit considers this a special moment for Williams rather than the drive for the Silver Arrows, as they have been pushing themselves to earn such results.

Speaking to Andreas Haupt in an exclusive interview with Auto Motor Und Sport. The Williams driver said, “That was when I was thrown into the deep end. The circumstances were incredibly difficult. But I knew I had the car to do something good.”

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 16, 2021 Williams’ George Russell after finishing eight in the sprint race qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron

“In my head, I immediately believed it. Now I know we have to get everything right, and even then, points are a bit out of reach. It feels like a win. Points with Williams are arguably the greater achievement,” Russell concluded.

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Can they achieve a similar result in Belgium?

The morale within the Grove-based outfit is high, after having a successful weekend at the Hungaroring, which saw them take home double points.

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Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 18, 2021 Williams’ George Russell during the race REUTERS/Peter Cziborra

With the summer break now on, Latifi and Russell will be hoping to come back stronger and help Williams seize more points from the upcoming race at Spa for the Belgium GP, later this month.

Will the duo have another spectacular weekend at Spa and earn another set of points, taking Williams further ahead in the standings? Let us know what are your predictions in the comments below.

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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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