Beyond The Grid welcomes Mercedes driver George Russell to the podcast this week in a wide-ranging, must-listen interview that covers everything from his life around Formula 1 to his rollercoaster journey to becoming a works driver for the eight-time champions…
The podcast comes as Russell readies for his first British Grand Prix as a Mercedes works driver – the first Silver Arrows Formula 1 driver to be promoted from the team’s junior programme.
Although Russell has taken four career podiums including one for Williams at Spa-Francorchamps in 2021 thanks to a qualifying lap that put him second for a shortened race – an achievement he calls “victory-worthy” on the podcast – he really wants that home podium .
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“It would mean a huge amount, but I want my first podium at Silverstone to be on the top step, so that’s what I am absolutely going for. Not that I’d back off on the last lap if I’m second or third to not be on the podium, but Silverstone has such a fond place in my heart; it’s where I won my first ever race, it’s where I did my first-ever race as well, won it, first race! first ever test in a Formula 1 car.
“And just being my home race, the support is huge, so I can’t wait to get there, and I’ll be giving it absolutely everything I’ve got.”
So it’s not just a trip to the rostrum, but a trip to the top step that Russell is looking forward to this weekend – in front of an “electric” crowd.
“I think it’s going to feel electric to be honest. I remember last year, Silverstone, was the first race Formula 1 had a full crowd back after we spent a year and a half without fans… and it was a slap in the face how much support it was and how awesome it was to have fans back.
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“Every driver loves going to great circuits; every driver loves going to the country that the fans are so excited and so supportive of the sport; and every driver loves their home race. And for me, I feel like I’ve got the three in one. So it’s going to be huge.”
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