WATCH: Teary-Eyed George Russell Left Emotional After Finally Securing First Williams F1 Points

Published 08/01/2021, 1:21 PM EDT
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


The Hungarian Grand Prix gave us an unexpected start and an even more unexpected finish. An intense race with an emotionally fuelled end; as Esteban Ocon made his way to the podium to claim his first victory, cheers were heard at the Williams garage as the team scored big points for the first time this season. After an incredible race, George Russell broke down, as three years of hard work had finally paid off.

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Walking to his post-race interview, the young Brit broke down after what was a physically and emotionally demanding race. The Williams driver shook his head in disbelief as he tried to catch his breath. Hardly able to speak, he finally said, “F*ck. P9.” 

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The first half of the season has been an endless chase for points by Russell; always so close, but so far away. The tears of disbelief and joy for his team and himself for getting those well-deserved points only show how much this means to him.

Strong race for George Russell and Williams

The Hungarian GP ended with big points for the crew at Williams, who have been working extremely hard to make it into the top 10 every weekend. George Russell and Nicholas Latifi took all the advantage the incident gave them and fought hard to stay within the points. The crowd at Budapest saw some brilliant overtaking from the British driver, who made it difficult for anyone to get past him.

The drivers held on to those points and were not ready to let go. As George put it, “Proper disappointments along the way. Tough moments… I guess it’s just a huge relief.”

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Russell has been fighting hard for the British team because he knows what they’re capable of. “I truly believe we deserve to be in P8 in the constructors’ championship. I think we’ve done a better job than Haas and Alfa[Romeo] this year. He adds, “I think we deserve to have 6 points on the board.” 

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Although the race was a lucky one for the drivers, both hope to continue to be in the fight for points in the rest of the season. A tremendous day for Williams, one can only hope that these tears of joy are shed more often.

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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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