George Russell believes he is having his best season on a personal level

Winner of the Austrian Grand Prix last week (June 28-30), George Russell approaches his home weekend with maximum confidence... and a level of performance that, according to him, has never been seen before. been so good.

Published on 05/07/2024 à 11:45

Yannis Duval

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George Russell believes he is having his best season on a personal level

111 points for George Russell since the start of the season. ©DPPI

While the season of Mercedes promised to be a real struggle, it has taken a completely different turn for four races. The developments made on the W14 were satisfactory to the point of returning to the battle for the podiums. A step forward which is also felt in accounting terms since, since the Canadian Grand Prix, the Silver Arrows are those who have scored the most points (100 points in total compared to 84 for McLaren 79 for Red Bull).

Just after qualifying in Austria, George Russell was convinced, his team is no longer the fourth force in the field. “The car is performing very well at the moment, the team is working well, making changes and compared to Ferrari, we passed in front of them. We are still a little behind McLaren and Max (Verstappen). "

Few people could predict such a turnaround at Mercedes, just like George Russell's return to form. Indeed, the Briton seems to be flying over the last few race weekends: a pole position, two podiums including a victory. According to the person concerned, his driving has never been so good.

“To be honest, I think the results speak for themselves, and I don't need to talk, smiles the Mercedes driver. As many drivers say, I talk on the track. I think this season is probably one of the best I've ever had in terms of personal performance and grabbing results when they come. » 

No matter the teammate in 2025

At the same time, Russell spoke about his views on the second Mercedes driver for next year. “Mercedes is one of the most successful teams in the sport, and it's a seat that many drivers want, he continues. To be honest, I'll welcome anyone. I was lucky to have Lewis Hamilton as a teammate for the last three years and we had some great battles during the last two.

As a driver, I think it's important that you have a good relationship with your teammate to help the team gain momentum and push in the same direction. But, at the end of the day, when you pull into your garage and put on your helmet and jump in the car, it doesn't matter who's in the car next to you. »

As he begins his home Grand Prix, George Russell probably arrives in the best position. On the legendary Silverstone track, the Briton could well create a surprise once again.

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Yves-Henri RANDIER

05/07/2024 at 11:58 a.m.

Proof that a competitive single-seater allows a driver to better express himself and therefore to seize opportunities for victory when they present themselves like last Sunday at Zeltweg. Silverstone could see the Batavian RB regain the upper hand

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