Back at the Monaco GP, Fernando Alonso, and George Russell swapped helmets. The Spaniard did not hide his thoughts over Russell, saying the young driver has been “very very impressive”.

After the race in Monaco, the two drivers decided to exchange their helmets, and Alonso signed his helmet with: “George, you rock!! Future world champ.”

Russell expressed all his emotions after the Monaco GP by saying that it “was a very special moment” to receive Alonso’s helmet.

Moreover, Alonso commented that he signed Russell’s helmet in that way since he has been incredibly impressed by the young British talent since he joined Williams in 2019.

“Very impressed,” said Alonso of Russell, who’s made it to Q2 in qualifying at all six Grands Prix this year – although he’s still yet to score a point as a Williams driver. “I said also last year when I was following the sport that I think he has been very, very impressed with the performance we saw in the Williams.

“We know that it is not a competitive package,” added Alonso. “It is better this year but not in the last two [years] and [despite that] I think he was putting in something special every weekend and that was nice to watch at home. That is something you always get impressed by.”

The start of Russell’s journey in F1 has been quite similar to the one of Alonso. Both of them started their career with not the best car on the grid. Later on, Fernando went from Williams to Renault, where he won two world titles.

Another point that Alonso wanted to touch on was the incredible performance shown by Russell during the 2020 Sakhir GP. The Briton jumped into the W11 and without having a lot of time to practice he put in an outstanding performance.

“The opportunity with the Mercedes… 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,” said Alonso. “He nearly won the first race at the first opportunity he had. That, I think, was proof for many people, not only a few, that we knew how good he was; that race in Bahrain was enough to open [the eyes] of millions of people.”

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