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Why Russell’s frank admission on F1 driver adrenaline addiction is to his credit

OPINION: In an interview at the end of the 2023 Formula 1 season, Mercedes driver George Russell made an unexpected admission about his approach to road driving and cycling. In doing so, he inspired a consideration into just what motorsport fans want from its stars...

“Are there any good Formula 1 drivers?”

Stuffed full of turkey and bread sauce, and surrounded by discarded wrapping paper, not a question I was expecting to answer on Christmas Day just gone. Getting more than a handful of correct answers from University Challenge was about the limit.

The calorie-stupefied cogs had barely started turning. Explanations of Lewis Hamilton’s statistical greatness, Max Verstappen’s current crushing domination and Charles Leclerc’s searing speed rising slowly from some dormant brain place after a long season. But the question actually wasn’t the one I’d initially assumed.

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