Ocon Deserves to Be in a Title Winning F1 Car: Russell Makes a Huge Claim

Published 08/08/2021, 9:48 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 3, 2021 Williams’ George Russell arrives at the circuit ahead of practice REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger


After three years of waiting, George Russell finally scored his first points for Williams Racing at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Even though he’s already proved himself to everyone that matters, the P8 at Hungaroring will do a lot of good for Russell in his quest to get the Mercedes drive next season.

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The British driver was in tears when finally he realized the magnitude of his race result. But George was also quick to acknowledge the performance of the race winner and fellow Mercedes Academy driver, Esteban Ocon.

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Ocon is often there in those key moments: George Russell on Esteban’s win

As reported by GPFans, the Williams driver mentioned that Esteban Ocon is a worthy race winner in F1. He also stated that Ocon is always there to capitalize on a crazy race and maximize the race result.

” He’s [Ocon] often there in those key moments,” said Russell.

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 18, 2021, Williams’ George Russell being interviewed before the race Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron

“There are many drivers on this Formula 1 grid who deserve to be winning races or fighting for victories week in, week out. Esteban is one of them.

Unfortunately, many drivers don’t have that opportunity right now but it’s fantastic that we can show some sort of speed and that it’s not just the Lewis and Max show,” said the Williams driver.

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“I think that’s why we’re all so excited for next year,” said Russell.

Formula One F1 – Sakhir Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Mercedes’ George Russell in action during practice Pool via REUTERS/Tolga Bozoglu

“We just all want a closer playing field and let the best man win. I really believe Lewis is the best driver out there because I have been inside that Mercedes team. I know what he does.

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“Often, the best driver gets in the best team. If every single car was the same, he’d still be fighting for the world championship. There’s not a single doubt about that. I think, even he would welcome a more [open] championship,” said Russell.

It’s possibly only a matter of time before we’ll see Russell behind the wheels of a Mercedes. And who knows? Maybe we’ll see a Russell-Ocon lineup one day! Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff personally manages the Frenchman, and let’s be honest, crazier things have happened in F1.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sport Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been a ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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