George Russell: Williams taught me never to give up, and I’ll take that lesson to Mercedes next year.

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George Russell: Williams taught me never to say die, and I’ll take that lesson with me to Mercedes next year.

The British driver discusses adversity, what he’s learned from the back of the Formula One grid, and why he’ll never lose faith in himself.

George Russell will most likely have to open his visor and wipe away a few tears when he crosses the line in Abu Dhabi, regardless of what happens in the next three races at the front of the Formula One grid.

After three years of hard work at Williams, he will walk nearly the entire length of the pit lane to join Mercedes alongside Lewis Hamilton when the season ends.

It’s the fulfillment of a prophecy he received five years ago as a fresh-faced, lanky 18-year-old when he first joined the all-conquering team’s junior driver program.

Russell’s boyish appearance hasn’t changed, and he hasn’t shrunk, but there has been a lot of change between his ears.

Williams has only improved from the slowest car on the grid to the second-slowest in his time, but his four points finishes for the team this year would have seemed impossible in 2019, when finishing last was a significant accomplishment on any given weekend.

“We’re in this position because we kept pushing, we kept improving small details during the really, really difficult time in 2019 and 2020, and that gave us the opportunity for when we had a fast car,” Russell says ahead of the Qatar Grand Prix.

“We could have easily let go of the gas pedal and said, ‘OK, it’s 2019, the car’s garbage.’

Let’s take it easy for a while.

Let’s not work so hard and just be happy because we’re so far away that it doesn’t matter if the car is a tenth or two tenths faster.’

“But still pushing those boundaries even when we were three seconds off the pace allowed us to have that extra tenth or two and that kind of work process, so when the car was capable of performing well, we were ready.”

“I believe the ‘never-say-die’ attitude will stick with me.”

Russell’s switch will undoubtedly be a change of pace, but he is well prepared.

It would be unfair to Williams’ hard work, which he alludes to, to call him an.

News summary from Infosurhoy in the United Kingdom.

George Russell: Williams taught me never to give up, and I’ll take that lesson to Mercedes next year.

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