Mick Schumacher’s Misfortunes Opens George Russell’s Eyes to the Dark Side of F1: “No One Gave Two Damns”

Published 02/06/2023, 6:45 AM EST

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George Russell got his dream move to Mercedes from Williams at the start of the 2022 season. The young Brit even topped that off with a win in the Brazilian GP. However, while living life with his dream team, the Brit also noticed the downside of being a top-tier team like the Mercedes. A downside he did not see coming or thought would become an issue while he was at Williams.

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The downside we are talking about is now all the eyes are on the young Brit. Everything Russell does is under a microscope now thanks to the popularity of the sport and his team within the sport. Russell came to this realization when his comment, “Schumacher is defending like it’s the race of his life, crikey,” toward Mick at the Singapore GP caught everyone’s attention.

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Speaking to Autosport, Russell revealed how he does not anticipate this change. “These are things that are part of the experience when you are at the front,” said Russell.

He also revealed how such comments had no repercussions at Haas. “Everything is under the microscope and that kind of comment last year [in 2021] would not have been picked up on. – As I said, I probably said a lot of comments like this previously over the radio, but no one gave two damns,” he concluded.

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Russell is only now getting accustomed to the real fame associated with F1 but also the scrutiny that comes with it. Russell has sympathized with Mick Schumacher in the past. However, no one gives “two damns” about the past and everyone focuses on the present.

Although the Brit explained a lot goes in the background, leading to a race that most don’t see.

George Russell explains where his frustration toward Mick Schumacher stemmed from

The incident in Singapore was full of frustration and physical plus mental exhaustion. The Singapore GP is known exactly for its highly demanding and draining conditions. This was also a big factor in Russell’s comments toward his reserve teammate.

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“My comment with Mick was more frustration from my side,” he explained. “I’ve traveled to the other side of the world, put so much effort into that race, and there I am fighting outside the points. I am frustrated, I am upset. And anybody who is frustrated or upset, physically exhausted, you are going to be a little bit emotional in the heat of the moment.”

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Anyone would agree with Russell’s comments after this explanation. However, the Brit does not get this privilege of being in one of the leading teams on the grid. Judgment is formed as soon as he makes the comments and he has to answer for them right after the race. There is no time to process the situation, only repercussions.

Welcome to the big-time George Russell!

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Mahim Suhalka

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Mahim Suhalka is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. This Sports Management post-graduate is an ardent supporter of the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team and their lead driver, Lewis Hamilton. The fact that Lewis dominated one of the most expensive sports in the world for all these years, despite his humble beginnings, has been a huge inspiration for Mahim and has made him a tenured fan of the competitive sport itself.
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