George Russell says he’ll “put everything on the table and go for it”

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Ahead of his full-time Mercedes debut, George Russell says he thinks 2022 will be “the most intense year” of his life.

George Russell will be making his full-time Mercedes debut when the 2022 season starts in March. In an interview he gave to Autosport in December, the Briton said he’ll take a short break and then “put everything on the table and go for it”.

“I think I am going to take a good holiday at the start of the year,” Russell said.

“I believe that is important, because I think next year will be the most intense year of my life in terms of the racing schedule, but also from an off-track and marketing side of things.

“Going from Williams, where I have been pretty fortunate in a way, not having to do so many marketing activities just because of the nature of the position we’ve been in, to Mercedes, where we’ve got tons of sponsors and lots of commitments that drivers need to tend to.

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“This will be also off the back of COVID. With all the drivers and all the teams, it is all going to ramp up because the partners have missed out on 18 months’ worth of activation.

“From a racing side and off-track side, it is going to be incredibly intense.

“So January, [I will] take 10 days off, a nice holiday, reset and then hit the ground running mid-to-end of January, then put everything on the table and go for it,” George concluded.

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