George Russell says “having this season next to Lewis has been huge for me personally to learn some of the little details, how to get more out of my car, more out of my team, and extracting everything out of the package when it truly matters”.
After a very good first year with Mercedes, in which he scored his first Formula 1 win, George Russell says he feels ready to become a world champion.
“I feel absolutely ready to win a World Championship,” the Briton told Sky Sports F1.
“I’ve felt ready for a couple of years now. I think having this season next to Lewis has been huge for me personally to learn some of the little details, how to get more out of my car, more out of my team, and extracting everything out of the package when it truly matters.
“I’m definitely going to have a really strong winter. I’m going to work really hard with my team.
“Every single person at Mercedes’ factory is going to be pushing like hell to deliver a car, to give us a chance to go fight next season.”
Despite his personal success, George added he cannot be fully satisfied with the 2022 season, because the goal is to fight for the championship.
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“I guess if you told me that [I would finish ahead of Lewis] at the start of the year, I would have been extraordinarily happy because if you beat Lewis Hamilton in a Mercedes, most of the time that means you [are] a World Champion.
“Obviously, I would take the positives away from the season, but I’m not going to celebrate finishing P4 in the championship.
“I’m going to celebrate winning the race in Brazil because that was a huge achievement for myself and the whole team.
“But the fact is, we’re all here to win and we’re here to win World Championships. So we’ve not done a perfect job this season.
“We’ve had a relatively clean and smooth season with the car and package we’ve had. But to the standards this team set, some standards I set myself…
“It’s not good enough and we need to go on next year and give it more,” Russell concluded.