George Russell will replace Lewis Hamilton this weekend at the Sakhir circuit, as the current champion was diagnosed with coronavirus. However, Russell will have for the first time in his short career in the Formula 1, a car with which to fight for victory. His rivals are not the best for this pig: Valtteri Bottas Y Max verstappen they will fight with him.
Although he will have to prove that his performances with Williams are not the product of chance, the Briton spoke to the media at the press conference prior to the Grand Prix and assured that it will not matter the result he obtains this weekend. However, he clarified that the situation will be different in case Hamilton is not in Abu Dhabi, the next commitment.
Russell assured that this weekend will be different from the rest, since he does not know too much about the members of Mercedes. “I will try to do the best I can, but I have no goals for this weekend and no expectations. It will not be easy. At Williams I knew the car, the engineers and the mechanics for more than two years, ”began number 63.
On the other hand, the Briton commented that it will not matter what result he obtains this weekend, since he will seek to improve little by little. «For my part, I think there is no pressure. I haven’t driven your simulator in two years, my seat is three years old, I have a lot of information to learn… and facing Valtteri Bottas, it won’t be easy. I think I am in a good position, I am not pushing myself further.
Finally, the ‘new’ Mercedes driver announced that he will take advantage of every lap that this with Hamilton’s car. «I’m going to go out, I’m going to enjoy myself and they haven’t set goals for me, there are no expectations on the part of Toto Wolff, from Mercedes, because I think you can’t judge someone by a race. This weekend will be about learning, especially on Friday, concentrating on qualifying and the race on Sunday, and if I get a chance next week again in Abu Dhabi, who knows? That will be easier for me, “he said.