George Russell: ‘On the in-lap all the memories came flooding back’

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After winning his first Formula 1 race, George Russell says “it’s been an emotional rollercoaster this season” for the whole Mercedes team.

At the Sao Paulo Grand Prix, Mercedes pulled off a fantastic 1-2 victory, and George Russell won his first Formula 1 race.

Afterwards, the young Briton was overjoyed.

“I’m speechless,” Russell said.

“On the in-lap all of these memories sort of came flooding back. Starting off with my mum and dad in go-karting and going through and all the support I’ve had from the rest of my family, my girlfriend, my trainer, my manager.

“And then obviously the likes of Gwen [Lagrue] who gave me the opportunity to get on the programme with Mercedes and James Vowles and Toto [Wolff].

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“The list is endless. I can’t thank enough and yeah, super proud.”

In the final moments of the race, after a safety car period, Lewis Hamilton was right behind George, but ultimately wasn’t able to beat his team-mate.

“What an amazing feeling, just a huge thank you to the whole team for making this possible. It’s been an emotional rollercoaster this season.

“This race was a really tough race. I felt in control, Lewis was super-fast and then when I saw the safety car I thought ‘oh Jesus this is going to be a really difficult end’.

“And he put me under so much pressure, but so happy to go away with the victory,” Russell concluded.

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