VIDEO: George Russell & Albon Let Their Hair Down With Unlikely F1 Pal Nikita Mazepin

Published 11/09/2021, 1:15 PM EST


A new friendship is in the works in the Formula 1 paddock. After a tiring Mexican GP, George Russell, and Red Bull reserve driver Alex Albon accompanied Nikita Mazepin for some time off.

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A fan spotted the trio at a club following the race and might we say, they have some moves! Nonetheless, it’s good to see Russell and Mazepin reconvene. Things weren’t exactly breezy Back in 2020 before the Russian had set food into the F1 paddock, he got had put Russell in a rather unpleasant situation.

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While on an Instagram live, Mazepin made some harsh comments during Russell’s session. What Mazepin said was disrespectful and rude. Russell hadn’t made any comments about it, but it was clear the situation was uncomfortable.

Regardless, it looks like all is forgiven, and maybe Mazepin is a different person now. Nonetheless, it looks like he is finally getting along with the drivers on the grid.

George Russell gets ready for Mercedes

As Albon bids farewell to Red Bull Racing, Russell prepares to do the same with Williams. The Brit has used this season to prove himself to be worthy of the seat and has done it twice over. As a Mercedes Junior, it’s now time for Russell’s homecoming.

With Russell in the team, the three-pronged star starts their preparation for the future of their team. Toto Wolff said, ” You can see that in most of the other top teams, there is a young driver with potential. We opted for George to see how he can learn from Lewis. He has a lot of ability and talent. He is very ambitious. And when you look at his career record, he’s really among the best of his generation.”

Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 25, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris celebrates pole position after qualifying with Williams’ George Russell who qualified P3 Pool via REUTERS/Yuri Kochetkov

Russell’s generation has spent a considerable amount of time with competitive midfield teams. Charles Leclerc with Ferrari, Lando Norris with McLaren, and even Alex Albon in his brief stint with Red Bull. However, for George, he makes the jump from a team that is currently 8th in the standings, to a team that leads it.

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Further, Russell will be driving and set up against a seven-time world champion. “I’m under no illusion of how tough that’s going to be… He’s a seven-time world champion for a reason, so I’m in an incredibly fortunate position that I can go in and learn from the best.”

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However, Russell is just as positive as his future teammate. Russell said, “Nobody runs through their whole career with no difficulties. You’re always going to have to face it at some point.”

Soon, we will see Russell in the Brackley outfit, behind the wheel of a championship-winning car, and an even playing field. It couldn’t get any more exciting for George Russell.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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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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