‘Rock and roll’ prep is not Russell’s style

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‘Rock and roll’ prep is not Russell’s style

George Russell says he’s not the kind of driver who feels the necessity to hype himself up earlier than heading out onto the monitor.

Nearly each driver has a sure routine that they wish to undergo earlier than a session, with some selecting to get themselves within the zone and spike the adrenaline able to unleash full assault.

Russell although is definitely on the reverse finish of that scale.

The method is working for him although, with the Mercedes driver sitting P2 within the standings after three races.

‘Rock and roll’ prep is not Russell’s style

“I’m not one among these guys who likes to hype it up,” he stated on the IWC ‘Companions In Time’ Podcast.

“I’m not a type of ‘I have to take heed to this, I have to get within the zone’, as a result of I really feel like your physique is on this excited, virtually offended state while you’re hyping your self up and also you’re virtually anxious I really feel.

“So I’ve virtually bought the other method, I wish to be calm, I wish to be relaxed, I wish to go about it as if it’s another day, I really feel like I carry out greatest once I’m calm and I’m relaxed and I don’t put any strain on myself.

“I take heed to a little bit of music within the morning on the way in which into the monitor, nothing loopy, say whats up to everybody, have a espresso, sit back and to be actually trustworthy, that’s about it.

“As boring because it sounds, I feel that’s what works for me, I respect guys who want the rock and roll music to hype them up and get them able to smash it into the primary nook, however that doesn’t work for me.

“Everybody’s totally different. Perhaps individuals take a look at me and suppose ‘properly that’s loopy and I can’t consider you don’t get your self within the zone’ or they may suppose I’m lacking a trick, however I do know my physique, I do know from my previous experiences what works for me and that does. So good and chilled.”


After three seasons in Components 1 with Williams, Russell now finds himself within the Mercedes W13 having risen by way of the junior and Components 1 ranks as a part of Mercedes driver academy.

Earlier than his promotion to the workforce for 2022, the Brit had the prospect to drive not solely three totally different Williams challengers, but additionally a number of of Mercedes’ title-winning vehicles throughout exams, in addition to changing the ailing Lewis Hamilton on the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix, driving the Mercedes W11.

However, Russell defined that none of these Mercedes challengers had been really his personal, so when requested for the favorite automotive he has pushed in his profession, he truly chosen the ART Grand Prix automotive which he drove to the 2018 Components 2 title.

“I’ve clearly had the pleasure of driving a couple of of the World Championship-winning Mercedes vehicles, which had been no doubt the perfect vehicles I’ve drove, however they weren’t really my vehicles,” he stated.

“Vehicles you received in, or karts you received in, they’re those you like. It doesn’t matter the way it appears, the way it feels, in case you win, you find it irresistible.

“I’d say most likely essentially the most profitable yr of my profession was 2018 once I raced Components 2, I’ve truly bought a really good {photograph} on the wall of my flat [of] again in 2018 once I received the championship.”




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