Fernando Alonso admitted being impressed by George Russell’s performance during the 2020 Formula 1 season. The Spaniard thinks that his performance was good despite his Williams, and says his outing with Mercedes during the Sakhir GP opened the eyes of millions of people.

In a press conference prior to the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Alonso gave his genuine opinion on Russell’s performance during the 2020 season.

“I’m definitely very impressed,” he said.

“Last year when I was following the sport at home, I think he has been very, very impressive.

“The performance we saw in the Williams that we know that is not a competitive package; a little bit better this year, but not in the last two, and [despite that] I think he was pulling something special every weekend, that was nice to watch at home.

“Then the opportunity with Mercedes, I think was good enough to show not only the people that were watching at home. I think it was a real opportunity for everyone to watch what a driver with the talent of George can do with a winning car, nearly won the first race and the first opportunity he had.

“So that I think was proof for many people, not only for few that we knew how good he was. I think that race in Bahrain was enough to open [the eyes of] many, many millions of people.”

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