Ready, willing and able – those words perfectly describe F1 hopeful George Russell. But as the Mercedes junior and F2 racer tells David Tremayne, now it’s about pushing as hard as he can – and waiting for his chance…
Long before he climbed into ART’s Formula 2 car to race in Bahrain a week ago, George Russell reckoned he was more than ready for an F1 race seat after driving a Force India in FP1 at the Brazilian Grand Prix meeting last November. Judging by his showing that Friday, he’s right.
However you cut and sliced it, he got the job done when they gave him the chance to drive that morning at Interlagos.
He’d never seen the circuit before apart from in a simulator, and he wasn’t familiar with the VJM10. But you wouldn’t have known any of that from his performance in that session.
He drove Sergio Perez’s car, against the continuingly impressive Esteban Ocon, a fellow Mercedes Junior driver, and he looked completely comfortable. No locked wheels or big sideways twitches. Just smooth, confident progress.
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