Russell explains why he will delay move to Monaco

Jamie Woodhouse
George Russell, Imola

George Russell delays move to Monaco.

George Russell wants to focus on securing his 2022 drive, and clear remaining travel issues before jetting off to live in Monaco.

This small principality not only hosts the Monaco Grand Prix, one of the most iconic racing events in the world, it is also the place which many Formula 1 drivers call home.

Of the current grid Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen, Daniel Ricciardo and Charles Leclerc all reside in Monaco, and in the near future Russell wants to join them.

Following the Monaco Grand Prix Russell was “checking out some places”, but he has decided that he will not be moving to Monaco just yet.

Instead, he wants put all of his effort into securing his Formula 1 future for 2022 before leaving his London flat and heading to Monaco. On top of that, he also has concerns about the logistical issues which remain due to COVID-19.

The Briton lived with his parents during the UK lockdown in 2020.

“I’ll probably postpone until later in the season just while the Covid cases and logistical issues are still around,” he said, as quoted by GPFans.

“It just makes it a bit difficult and I just want to focus on the racing. Here and now is a very important couple of months for a lot of drivers when contract talks are coming up for 2022.

“Just having that stability for myself back at home is important so I can give it absolutely everything I’ve got on the racing.”

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Russell is in the final season of his three-year deal at Williams, and as a Mercedes junior has his sights set on landing a seat with the dominant German outfit for 2022.

Seven-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton currently expects to continue into 2022, so Russell and Valtteri Bottas it seems are left to compete for the second Mercedes seat.

Mercedes team boss and part-owner Toto Wolff manages both drivers, and has long since preached his faith in their current line-up of Hamilton and Bottas. However, the Finn is yet to mount a title challenge to Hamilton ever since joining Mercedes in 2017.

Russell has made one appearance in Mercedes colours, standing in for Hamilton at the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix.

It would be an impressive debut for the 23-year-old who qualified P2, but passed Bottas at the start as he went on to control the early stages of the race.

Unfortunately a tyre mix-up at Russell’s pit stop and later a puncture would cost him any chance of turning that into a victory.

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