George Russell enjoyed a fantastic weekend in Imola as the Briton trailed his way through the Midfield. Russell finished P4 after starting P11 in the 2022 Emilia Romagna GP, ahead of his teammate and former World Champion Lewis Hamilton scoring the only points for Mercedes in the Weekend. Being a product of the Mercedes Academy, he has fulfilled his team’s search for a potential future World Champion.
Despite Mercedes’ W13 struggling to keep up with the likes of Red Bull and Ferrari, George has managed to score points in all the races so far. He has finished in the top 5 in every race so far and even scored his first podium in Australia. No one would believe that the young driver is a rookie as he has outperformed his World Champion teammate despite facing the same struggles.
But George Russell hadn’t enjoyed a delightful evening in Imola during the 2021 season as a Williams Driver. The Brit crashed into the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas and this angered Team principal Toto Wolff. In a conversation with Sky Sport’s Pundit Martin Brundle, Russell admits to his mistakes and reflects on his move in the previous season’s race.
George Russell: “Lewis and Valtteri were like teammates, hadn’t taken it into consideration“
In the 2021 Emilia Romagna GP, George Russell driving for Williams attempted a pass on Valtteri Bottas’s Mercedes. In the attempt George went over the grass which was wet and drove into the Finn, causing a high-speed collision. With the emotions all high Russell confronted Bottas in his cockpit, slapping his helmet and blaming him for the accident. Toto Wolff who was eyeing bringing the Brit to Mercedes next season was angered by his actions.
George said reflecting back on the incident, “I think these moments in life are always important because there will always be a moment when you think, “I want to be a World Champion”. Knowing how to deal with the situation and how to bounce back, learning what you could have done differently.” He continued, “Would I do it again? I’d definitely go for it again, but how I conduct myself and handle myself after when the emotions are high would be different.”
George continued, “I learnt quite a lot and ultimately Lewis and Valtteri were like teammates to me and I hadn’t taken it into consideration. Had that been Latifi, I’d have backed out of it because I know I was putting everything on the line and you don’t do that with teammates.” Toto Wolff added, “George was always our kid and now he is a full-fledged Mercedes driver, so I am not here to patronize him, I’ll have the exchange”
Geoge Russell was being considered for a move to Mercedes in the 2022 season. After a brief discussion, Toto Wolff promoted the Brit confirming the news ahead of the Italian GP. With his P4 in Imola, Russell has moved to 4th in the Constructos championship. He is 3 positions and 21 points clear of Lewis Hamilton who has been struggling with W13.