Russell wary of more FP1 opportunities

Date published: December 18 2017

Young Mercedes driver George Russell is aware that he needs to "get his priorities right" next season as he continues on his path to Formula 1.

The GP3 champion was able to get some valuable time inside a Formula 1 car when joining up with Force India toward the end of the 2017 season and taking part in FP1 sessions.

But Russell does not seem particularly keen on any more just yet as he tries to concentrate on adapting to F2 racing.

"I need to talk with Mercedes, I think they're fairly pleased with what I've been doing," said Russell.

"Obviously my main priority will be Formula 2 next year, and this [Force India] all came about just because we'd already sealed the championship in GP3.

"I don't want anything to overlap so I'm aware that if I win Formula 2 next year I'll be given the opportunity to drive in F1.

"But if I perform really well in FP1 sessions but not performing so well in Formula 2 it makes my cause a little more difficult, so I need to get my priorities right."