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Formula One

George Russell – An Upcoming Star

George Russell. Photo by Takayuki Suzuki. CC BY-SA 2.0

As many of us know, multiple Formula One races had to be either cancelled or postponed because of the current situation with the Covid-19 pandemic crisis. Even though season 2020 has not officially begun, the racing world already saw a new champion – George Russell. George (22) clinched victories from all four virtual Grands Prix, which he participated in, scoring enough points to become the 2020 champion of the Formula One Simulation racing. The young Williams driver defeated Red Bull’s Alexander Albon and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, who were also considered as the main championship contenders.

George Russell experienced a rough season last year. 2019 was a debut year for the Brit, yet he was the only one who failed to score a single point. Nevertheless, Russell showed perseverance and managed to cross the checkered flag in 19 out of the 21 total races, placing 11th as his best finish during the 2019 German Grand Prix. Even though from an outside prospective such results do not seem impressive, Williams’ lack of pace in 2019 severely impacted their drivers’ chances of being competitive. Russell and his teammate Robert Kubica (35) frequently qualified last with lap times, which were often compared to Formula Two cars’ performance.

This year’s situation for Williams does not seem to be much brighter. The legendary team has been experiencing extreme financial difficulties, which has opened the door for potential investors who might be interested in becoming owners. Despite that, Russell remains optimistic for his future and Formula One career. As reported by essentiallysports.com, The young Brit commented on his initial struggles with sim racing, “I’m a real driver and not an esports driver’. But you’ve just got to persevere with some things, and that’s the biggest lesson I’ve learned.” 

As drivers get more experience, they tend to learn valuable lessons. Ultimately, teams and managers get to observe the behavior and skills of all of the drivers on the grid. Being one of their junior drivers, it is no secret that Mercedes are keeping their eyes on his performance. Lewis Hamilton’s and Valteri Bottas’ contracts are ending after this season, and Mercedes have not disclosed any intentions for their 2021 driver line-up. In a way, it is absolutely possible to see George in one of the Silver Arrows as soon as January. Nevertheless, his charisma and strong performance will be followed carefully by everyone. More championships to follow? Stay tuned!

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