Mercedes replaced George Russell.  All because of pressure and expectations

Mercedes replaced George Russell. All because of pressure and expectations


George Russell went to Mercedes in the 2022 season, which would affect his character. The young Brit has become worse, which is related to the pressure on his shoulders.

Łukasz Kuczera

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George Russell represented the Williams colors in the 2019-2021 seasons and had little chance of scoring points in Formula 1. The poor form of the Grove team meant that Russell did not have to face specific expectations and did not feel the pressure that existed in F1. Things changed this year after the 24-year-old finally joined Mercedes.

Russell’s move to the Brackley team coincided with a technical revolution in F1. The German team is no longer a hegemon, but the driver from King’s Lynn still has reasons to be satisfied. In the race played so far, he scored more points than Lewis Hamilton.

The change in career was also supposed to affect Russell’s character, who became more serious and less playful. “I think George was happy with his work before, but now his performance against Lewis and the environment of moving to a top team put more pressure on him.” It means more nerves, but I think he handled it well, said Lando Norris, a McLaren driver and one of Russell’s friends.

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– George has been very normal so far. In this regard, it can be interesting. Only the weekend at Silverstone has failed. I think in F1 more people change because of pressure and nerves. Being in a different team and environment affects you,’ added Norris.

According to Norris, Russell’s behavior is related to the fact that he wants to be evaluated positively in a new environment. – When you join a big team, you don’t want to feel like you’re making a mistake. You begin to act in a simpler, more appropriate way. You are not kidding etc. It is not that a person changes on purpose. It is the environment that influences him the most – said the 22-year-old.

McLaren’s representative himself has gone through a similar path. Norris made his F1 debut in 2019 and has established himself as a joker driver, which has earned him many fans. Before the next campaign, the Briton decided to change his behavior a little, he spoke more seriously and reduced his jokes.

– It was my own choice. When suddenly all the cameras are on you, you want to make sure you’re doing it right,’ concluded Norris.

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