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Why George Russell is ready to fight for F1 titles

Now in his third season with the team, George Russell is still searching for his first point at Williams. But with the confidence resulting from his standout Sakhir GP display in the Mercedes last year, he feels ready for if – or when – he gets a seat that will allow him to challenge not just for points, but world championship titles

George Russell cuts a rather relaxed figure. The 23-year-old is leaning against a fence lining one side of the narrow pathway between the Williams motorhome and the edge of the Monaco Grand Prix paddock. Beyond is another small walkway, and then it’s the harbour, filled with excess and glistening in the sun.

This is how Autosport finds Russell. He’s just finished a TV interview, the Wednesday before the race given over to the necessary distractions of a Formula 1 driver’s life. He’s chatty, friendly and calm. We’re struck by his general sense of ease – at one point as we’re setting up, a fan passes him a boat fender to sign. “I hope that’s waterproof!” he laughs (hand sanitiser quickly provided once this exchange has finished, such is the way of the world in 2021). 

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