Russell Names 3 F1 Legends Including Hamilton He’d Love to Complete Against at Silverstone

Published 07/13/2021, 10:53 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – Williams’ George Russell in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES


The F1 nation podcast sat down with George Russell ahead of his home race in Silverstone this week. In this week’s episode, the trio discussed the weekend’s sprint format and Russell’s candidature in the driver’s market. In a fun segment called Ask Damon, fans can ask Hill as well as the guests any question they like, and this week, the Williams driver answered a very interesting question.

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Ella asked, “If you could pick any three drivers in the history of F1, old or current, to race against who will they be and why? And, on which circuit would you want the race to happen?”

Russell’s answer may not come as a surprise.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: ART Grand Prix Formula 2 driver George Russell of Great Britain and Williams F1 and Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP talk in the Drivers Press Conference during previews ahead of the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit on November 22, 2018, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Russell explained that while most people would like to pick easy competitors; however, he wants to race the best. “Statistically, you’ve got to say, Lewis, Michael Schumacher, and Ayrton Senna.” Considering the fact that Russell isn’t too far from being in their league, his answer isn’t astounding.

He also declared Silverstone to be his preferred circuit. “Home crowd. Home race. Great circuit.” Clearly, the Brit is excited about the upcoming race.

All eyes on Silverstone and Russell

George Russell is another driver with great hopes on the British GP. He had a great race at the Red Bull Ring; he saw his first Q3 with the Williams and missed a points finish by a slim margin. Consequently, it only highlights the prospects of a better 52 laps at Silverstone.

The Briton is optimistic about the weekend. “We’ve often been good in qualifying.

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“If we can start ahead of some faster cars who are maybe going to play it a bit more conservative than we are, or starting just behind some cars that are going to be a bit more conservative than we are, maybe that offers us an opportunity–I’m ready for it.”

Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 14, 2021, Williams’ George Russell in action during testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Something everyone would like to see is driver number 63 cross the checkered flag with points to take home. The Williams driver has had it a long time coming and deserves nothing less at his home race.

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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