George Russell: I can beat anyone

George Russell is sixth in the F1 drivers' championship after the British Grand Prix

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George Russell believes he can beat any other driver on the Formula 1 grid but also admitted his form has dropped away and he has started to overthink his driving.

The Mercedes driver has struggled to adjust to the new-look W14 as well as his teammate Lewis Hamilton who leads the race head-to-head 7-3.

“I think sometimes it’s important not to overthink things,” Russell told select members of the press, including Total-Motorsport.com. “Just go back to basics and work on the processes with the team.

“What I need as a driver is to maximise my performance, and what I’m looking for from the car and just not to overthink things.

“I know that when I tick all of those boxes, I can beat anybody on this grid and I think it’s important that you do tick those boxes.”

Why has Russell’s form dropped?

The new-spec W14 had people believing Hamilton had simply stepped forwards his pace with a rear-end that he could finally trust, after he criticised the unpredictability of the old rear.

But it is undeniable that Russell hit a slump, as he was eliminated in Q2 in both the Spanish and Austrian Grand Prix.

“We [drivers] often fall into a trap of wanting to do more work on finer details,” Russell added.

George Russell duding the 2023 British Grand Prix | Mercedes F1 Team / LAT Images

“Work even harder and sometimes you overcomplicate things and it’s counterproductive. So it’s striking that right balance because I’m always striving for more.”

Where is the next F1 2023 race?

With the F1 circus finished at Silverstone, we move on to the 2023 Hungarian Grand Prix which will be held at the Hungaroring, Budapest over the weekend of July 21-23.

Brandon Sutton
Brandon Sutton
Brandon is an alumni of an NCTJ and BJTC Liverpool John Moores University course, and has been with Total-Motorsport.com for over a year now. He enjoys covering all forms of motorsport but particularly focuses on Formula 1, and Brandon loves to debate various topics of the sport and other interests, especially if that topic doesn't have an open/shut answer such as the GOAT debate.
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