2021 moves leave Russell feeling jealous

Mark Scott
George Russell handed Merc tests amidst Lewis Hamilton/Ferrari rumours

George Russell handed Merc tests amidst Lewis Hamilton/Ferrari rumours

George Russell is left feeling a “little bit jealous” as more of his mates land more competitive drives than he currently has at Williams.

Carlos Sainz will be moving up the grid next year when he joins Ferrari, while Lando Norris is going places with McLaren as they continue to rise from the bottom and Alex Albon finds himself alongside Max Verstappen at Red Bull.

Russell, meanwhile, whilst still able to showcase his talent, is having to do it at the very back at the grid with Williams.

“We’re all youngsters, we all want to have that successful career, and races and victories, right here in the moment,” Russell told Sky Sports.

“Even Nico Rosberg, I don’t know how old he was when he won his first race, how many years he had in F1, but if you’re doing the job and performing, we’ll all get our chance.

“That’s all I can do at the moment. Seeing my mates up there in potential championship-winning cars, it’s something I’m a little bit jealous of obviously, because I want to be up there trying to fight as well.

“Nevertheless I know as long as I keep on performing and I keep doing my job to the best of my ability that opportunity will come whether it’s next year, two years, five years, 10 years. It should come.”

It is not time to get the violins out for Russell just yet, though, as he has retained a strong connection with Mercedes who effectively manage his career.

He added: “Obviously big shake-ups at the front of the grid changes the dynamic a bit and it’ll be interesting to see what happens in the next weeks and months to see who fills the rest of the spots on the grid.”

“The fact is I’m contracted to Williams but it’s no secret I’m also contracted to Mercedes. They effectively own me and they’re my managers. There’s plenty of speculation, but time will tell.”

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