Russell fears ‘no-one’ ahead of rookie season

Date published: December 19 2018

George Russell: Has no fear

George Russell has said he fears no driver as he prepares for his first season in Formula 1 with Williams.

The GP3 and F2 World Champion has made it to the summit of motorsport after he was named as one half of Williams’ 2019 line-up alongside Robert Kubica.

And the 20-year-old is brimming with confidence ahead of his rookie campaign.

“No-one to be honest,” Russell said when asked on Sky News which drivers he feared next season.

“I feel confident. I’ve come off the back of two amazing years and I’m ready for the challenge.

“Obviously I’m a rookie, I’m not going to go out there and do anything stupid. But I feel like this is my time and I’m ready to do the business.

“It’s a huge step up, not only in the speed aspect, from Formula 2 to Formula One. There’s so much extra coming with it. You’re in the eyes of millions of viewers.

“I’ve gone from working with 30 team members in Formula 2 to 750 with Williams. There’s much more pressure on the driver’s shoulders than just driving the car.”

Five-time World Champion, Lewis Hamilton, acts as inspiration to Russell, who, as a Mercedes junior driver, has had a unique insight throughout many debrief meetings.

He added: “I’ve been in a very fortunate position in the last two years, being part of Mercedes and having the opportunity to be in the debriefs and the meetings alongside Lewis.

“It’s very surreal to be honest. The past couple of years, since joining the Mercedes programme, have been a step-by-step process. It almost felt like a natural step to get this opportunity.

“This is everything I’ve dreamed of.”

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