Russell hopeful Williams pain can turn to Mercedes pleasure

Mark Scott
George Russell smiling at the Russian Grand Prix. Sochi September 2021.

George Russell smiling on qualifying day for the Russian Grand Prix. Sochi September 2021.

George Russell thinks the three tough years at Williams will stand him in good stead as he makes the step up to Mercedes in 2022.

The increasingly loud calls for Russell to join up with the Mercedes team were finally answered by Mercedes boss Toto Wolff and other senior management at the Silver Arrows, and, in a matter of months, we are all set to see how Russell fares against fellow Brit and seven-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton.

Russell has managed to create a very respectable amount of stand-out moments at Williams over the previous three seasons in a car that has often being amongst the slowest of the entire field.

But it is the hard times throughout the last few years that Russell is hoping will provide him with some very powerful lessons and knowledge as he starts to adapt to life as a fully fledged Mercedes driver.

“I think I’m pretty grateful for the difficulties that I’ve faced on the track throughout these years because quite often when you get in a faster car and a car that is more complete, things just naturally feel easier,” Russell said in an end-of-season interview with the press, as quoted by GPFans.

“For us, we’ve had so many limitations, whether it’s been trying to get the tyres in the right window, the brakes in the right window, following other cars has been incredibly difficult really fighting and battling to hold on for positions.

“When a car is faster, often everything seems good. The strategy is always good if the car is fast. You start becoming luckier. These things start falling your way and I think, I feel, more of a rounded driver because of this.


He continued: “I often talk with my trainer about building this toolbox of experience and knowledge that I’m sure, throughout my Formula 1 career, I’m never going to have a car that’s the quickest year after year or the best year after year.

“But, if I do have a car that’s very difficult to drive, I’ve had these experiences that I can just go back into the toolbox and remember what I experienced prior to 2019 or these last few years.

“So, I feel pretty fortunate to have had this.”

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