Russell admits past year was mentally “very difficult”

George Russell (GBR) Williams Racing. Steiermark Grand Prix, Friday 25th June 2021. Spielberg, Austria. Credits: Williams F1 Media

Williams driver, George Russell, has admitted that the past twelve months have been mentally “very difficult” on him and that despite the troubles, it will serve helpful in the future of his Formula 1 career.

Russell is yet to score a point for Williams in his Formula 1 career and has come close on several occasions, the latest of which was at the Austrian Grand Prix, where he finished P11 after an intense battle with Alpine’s Fernando Alonso.

“It’s just been a lot of difficult moments to deal with,” said Russell. “I think it will make you mentally stronger and will actually help me in the difficult moments in the future because for sure there will be some.”

Russell is rumored to replace Valtteri Bottas at Mercedes due to his talent and experience of overperforming, despite his car, an asset valuable to Mercedes if they are to contest with Red Bull successfully. His experience with Williams at the back of the grid is something Russell values.

“I feel fortunate because, hopefully, in the future, having the chance to fight for victories and World Championships, I’ve experienced a lot more disappointment than others,” Russell explained. “Mentally [it’s been] very difficult.”

Russell also stated he is looking forward to good results after three years of experience stating: “Obviously, now into my third year, I just feel ready to score some good results and I feel like the team really deserves it with the progress they’ve been making.”

“We’re all winners, we’re all here to win and it’s been a bit of a rollercoaster this past year with Imola last year, Mugello last year, Bahrain obviously, and then Imola again this year.”

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