Williams’ New F1 CEO Hails George Russell’s ‘Demanding’ Nature

Published 03/11/2021, 5:20 AM EST
BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN – Second place qualifier George Russell of Great Britain and Mercedes GP looks on in parc ferme during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Sakhir at Bahrain International Circuit in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Dan Istitene – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)


Williams have somehow gotten themselves a gem of a talent in George Russell to help the team do well. New Williams CEO, Jost Capito is happy that Russell demands a lot out of the team and believes that will help him in being a World Champion.

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George Russell has been rather unlucky that he hasn’t been able to showcase his talent.  The small sample size of his drive for Mercedes in Bahrain as a sub for Lewis Hamilton reminded everyone of his talent.

George Russell demands a lot from the team according to Williams CEO

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In an interview, Williams CEO Jost Capito was very bullish about the Brit’s maturity behind the wheel. He said, “It’s impossible not to be impressed by George’s driving capabilities and also by his human capabilities and how far he is in his young age.”

“The conversations you have with him are fantastic. It’s not like with a young kid.”

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – DECEMBER 11: George Russell of Great Britain driving the (63) Williams Racing FW43 Mercedes on track during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on December 11, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Giuseppe Cacace – Pool/Getty Images)

The German believes the youngster has an I ate understanding of the car at his disposal. He said, “He completely understands – understands what he is doing, understands his business and is fully focused on where he wants to go and he is fully aware about his capabilities, which are really good.”

“It makes it not easy to work with him because he demands a lot. But I love the drivers who demand a lot and really challenge the team and are never happy. Because those are the guys that will be World Champion in the future.”

Can the young Brit make the step up at a bigger team?

Russell is in the interesting position of his Mercedes contract expiring at the end of 2021. This leaves the German team in a tough position of having no contracted driver for 2022. 

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He will have one last season with Williams to show that he is worthy of the Mercedes seat in 2022. His almost perfect audition for Mercedes at the Sakhir Grand Prix. This gave rise to unconfirmed reports of him replacing Hamilton for 2021.

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 will be hoping his performances for Williams in 2021 are recognised by the right teams for him to make his progression.

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Ashish Thomas is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having followed motorsports since age 5, Ashish holds an enviable knowledge of F1 history. Ashish holds extensive experience in sports writing, having previously worked for SportsQuest and Fansided.

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