Russell feels “mixed emotions” due to Williams exit

George Russell (GBR) Williams Racing. Dutch Grand Prix, Thursday 2nd September 2021. Zandvoort, Netherlands. Credits: Williams Racing.

George Russell admits that this Tuesday is a day of mixed emotions because of joining Mercedes and leaving Williams.

The young Briton will go to Mercedes in the 2022 Formula 1 season, meaning that this year’s campaign will be his last at Williams Racing, which he joined back in 2019. Russell admits that he feels sad because of leaving the team he has made his F1 debut with.

“It’s a special day for me personally and professionally, but also a day of mixed emotions,” he said.

“I’m excited and humbled to be joining Mercedes next year, which is a huge career step, but it also means I’ll be saying goodbye to my teammates and friends at Williams. It has been an honor working alongside every member of the team, and an honor to represent the Williams name in F1.

“Since I joined in 2019, we have worked tirelessly to push each other forward and bring the team back up the grid where it belongs. We’ve battled for every qualifying position, every point, and every tenth of a second.

“No matter how tough it’s been, nobody has ever given up, and that has inspired me every day. I’ve loved every moment in what I’d describe as a true heart and soul racing team, and I’ll be pushing harder than ever to make sure we end our story in the best possible way.”

Williams CEO and team principal Jost Capito has acknowledged Russell’s efforts for the team.

“Over the past three years, it’s been clear to every member of staff here at Williams just how dedicated, focused, and talented George is through his contributions to the team both on and off track,” Capito said.

“He has all the characteristics necessary to achieve the greatest success in our sport and we are therefore delighted for him, both as a team and me personally, to see him rewarded with the opportunity to test himself at Mercedes.

“We will watch his progress with interest and pride, knowing the role Williams has played in developing his considerable skills. We were of course aware of this possibility coming to fruition and therefore have a number of strong driver options available to us.

“We now look forward to shaping our future line-up that will help us take the next step in our exciting journey as a team and will make any announcement in due course.”

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