Although his performance at the race was undoubtedly an important step in fulfilling his ambition of becoming a full-time Mercedes driver, the young Briton says he felt no additional pressure.
“I feel absolutely fine about it,” Russell told GPFans.
“It’s not something I ever shy away from and often, when the helmet’s on, you forget about everything else. Obviously, I was fortunate to have the experience with Mercedes, to be honest.
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“Lining up on the grid on the front row when the helmet was on, it didn’t even cross my mind that I was going into turn one fighting for a lead because when the helmet’s on you’ve got one vision, which is to go as fast as possible and attack the car ahead and keep the cars behind.
“Even when I was leading the race, it just felt like just another race to me.
“There was no additional pressure within when I was driving because that’s what I was there to do,” the Briton concluded.