‘It was the most physical race I’ve ever experienced in Formula One’: Mercedes star George Russell claims Saudi Arabian GP had him pushing to the limit… despite having no on-track rivals on his way to a fifth place finish
- George Russell’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix was uneventful on his way to fifth
- Yet the Mercedes star insists he was pushing all race to secure a top five spot
- Mercedes have struggled for pace in the early part of the 2022 season
George Russell insists his drive to fifth place at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix was one of the most physically toiling races of his Formula One career.
The Brit finished a distant fifth in Jeddah and spent most of the race well off the pace of the top four, yet clear of any battles behind him on the circuit.
However the King’s Lynn born star revealed how he had been driving at his maximum throughout the race.
George Russell finished a distant fifth at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix on Sunday
‘I was all by myself throughout, pushing as hard as I could,” Russell told Sky Sports. ‘[I would] probably say it was the most physical race I’ve ever experienced in Formula One.
It builds on a mixed start to the season for the 24-year-old who is new to the team this season as Lewis Hamilton’s team-mate following his move from Williams.
After two races he leads the seven-time world champion by six points after two rounds, holding fourth place overall in the standings following Hamilton’s struggles in finishing only 10th place in Saudi Arabia.
The Mercedes star went through a quiet race on the street circuit but was pushing all the way
Russell though admits he would much rather be competing for race wins following a tough start for Mercedes who are suffering with teething issues on their new car having slipped behind Ferrari and Red Bull in the pecking order.
‘It was pretty cool to experience really because it’s what it’s all about, pushing hard on a mega circuit like this, high speed. But I want to be doing this for victories not for P5’, he added.
‘It’s the fact of that concentration mixed with incredibly high-speed corners, kind of holding on for dear life almost.’
Russell claimed the event was one of the most physically demanding of his career so far
Meanwhile, Russell wasn’t the only driver suffering physically in Jeddah, with Pierre Gasly having suffered with severe intestine pain on his way to eighth.
‘The last 15 laps I’ve never had that much pain, I don’t know what happened in my intestine,’ he told Sky Sports.
‘The last 10 laps was like getting stabbed every left corner, the most painful laps I’ve had so I don’t know what’s happened.
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