George Russell says he has an “advantage” over Lando Norris

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George Russell says Lando Norris is “an exceptional driver”, but reveals he believes he has an advantage over the McLaren driver.

During his appearance on the High Performance Podcast, George Russell revealed he sees his three tough years with Williams as an advantage over his peers like Lando Norris and Alex Albon, who immediately joined competitive teams.

George joined Formula 1 in 2019 with extremely uncompetitive Williams, and failed to score a single point, while Alex and Lando entered F1 with very competitive Red Bull and McLaren teams, respectively.

“I never want to look back and say that things should have been different,” Russell said.

“I think that every opportunity, every year, whether it’s a good year or a bad year, adds to your development and it made me who I am.

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“Those experiences, if I was in a Mercedes and fighting for victories, I wouldn’t have had those experiences.

“In that regard, I have probably been through more than what Alex or Lando has. Lando’s been at McLaren now for five years.

“He’s been fighting for the odd podium or pole position for five years, whereas I’ve been on every end of the spectrum. You’ve got to see that as an advantage.

“He hasn’t been right at the back of the grid but equally, he’s not been right at the front of the grid at McLaren, through no fault of his own.

“Lando’s an exceptional driver but that’s an advantage I’ve got to take from that,” the Briton concluded.

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