Williams F1 Boss Reveals Jenson Button’s Massive Words of Appreciation for George Russell

Published 09/01/2021, 4:55 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 29, 2021 Williams’ George Russell celebrates on the podium with the second place trophy REUTERS/Christian Hartmann


In tricky conditions, George Russell was outstanding during the qualifying session of the Belgian Grand Prix. The young Briton has been immensely impressive for Williams during the qualifying this season. And at Spa, Russell was undoubtedly the star of the show after he qualified P2, ahead of his potential future teammate Lewis Hamilton.

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Meanwhile, Williams’ team principal Jost Capito revealed the compliment by the 2009 world champion, Jenson Button, for George Russell after his blistering lap in Q3 at the Belgian Grand Prix.

What did Jost Capito say?

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“Immediately after the lap I got a text message from Jenson, who wrote ‘that was one of the best laps I have ever seen in my life’,” said Jost Capito.

Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 28, 2021. Williams’ George Russell during qualifying REUTERS/Johanna Geron.

“That sums it up. If that comes from Jenson, just after he’s finished the lap…he knows what he’s talking about. It was an absolutely stunning performance from George.”

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George Russell deserves to get the seat at Mercedes: Jost Capito

The 23-year-old George Russell, who is in the last year of his contract at Williams, is heavily linked with a move to Mercedes next season. The young Briton has been immensely impressive for Williams since he joined them back in 2019. Hence, he is considered as the frontrunner to team up with the seven-time world champion, Lewis Hamilton, next season.

Meanwhile, Jost Capito, who joined the Wantage-based team at the start of the season, revealed that despite his short tenure, he had some exceptional moments with Russell. In addition, the German believes the young Brit deserves the second seat at Silver Arrows.

“I think we’ve had a couple of really great moments together that we enjoyed,” said the Williams team principal Jost Capito.

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“When he came for the [post-qualifying] press conference I said: ‘look, George, these moments, nobody will take these moments away from you and me, they will be with us forever.”

BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN – George Russell of Great Britain and Mercedes GP prepares to drive on the grid before the F1 Grand Prix of Sakhir at Bahrain International Circuit in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images)

“He deserves to get the seat at Mercedes. We will not be in the position next year to win the championship, that is for sure. I think he enjoys the season with us and for sure if he won’t get the offer from Mercedes…[he would be] happy to stay with us because I think we bond so well together now as a team.”

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Can we witness George Russell teaming up with his fellow compatriot, Lewis Hamilton, at Mercedes next season? What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Pingaksh Sharma

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Pingaksh Sharma is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been following this sport since India hosted the Grand Prix in 2012 and has been an ardent supporter of the eventual race winner, Sebastian Vettel. He is also a fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull and hopes the former breaks the Lewis Hamilton dominance.

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