George Russell takes break from F1 duties to attend Champions League final

Sam Cooper
George Russell smiles after securing P2. Melbourne, Australia March 2023.

George Russell smiles after securing P2. Melbourne, Australia March 2023.

George Russell enjoyed some time away from F1 as he was pictured attending the UEFA Champions League final between Inter Milan and Manchester City.

The Mercedes driver posted early on Saturday with a picture of him flying into Istanbul which is playing host to this year’s final.

He later posted an image of him and his dad and brother in front of a banner with the Champions League logo and said it was a “pleasure” to be attending club football’s biggest game.

“Such a pleasure attending the Champions League final with my dad and brother,” Russell said. “Good luck Manchester City and Inter Milan, let the best team win!!”

This year’s final sees Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City attempt to break their Champions League drought whilst also completing a rare English treble. Standing in their way is the Inter Milan side of Simone Inzaghi who beat city rivals Milan on their way to the final.

It is not the first time an F1 star has attended a final with Lando Norris present for the Euro 2020 final between England and Italy at Wembley on Sunday.

The Champions League final comes in the middle of a two-week break between races with Russell and the other 19 drivers soon to depart to Montreal for the Canadian Grand Prix.

Russell enjoyed his best finish of the season last time out in Barcelona and has teased more upgrades to the W14 are on their way.

“Silverstone we’re excited for,” Russell told Sky Sports F1 in Barcelona.

“I think we’ll be in a good place there to fight for a good result. We might have a couple more things coming for Silverstone.

“But we need to not get too carried away with just this one result. The team have done an amazing job to bring these upgrades.

“I think Aston and Ferrari probably underperformed a little bit in the race today. So let’s see what the next races bring, but definitely a great step forward.”