George Russell says he had to make peace with not winning races after moving into Formula 1 from junior categories.
He said that accepting his limited opportunity to challenge for wins was “something I’ve almost made my peace with” in the three years since his debut.
“It was very clear growing up, from when I was eight years old until I got to Formula 1, the goal was to win,” he said in response to a question from RaceFans. “[Whether] you had a successful weekend was based on if you put it on pole and then won the races or not.
“Then suddenly in F1, those goals drastically changed.”
The Mercedes junior driver acknowledged his situation is no different from that of other drivers not in a Mercedes or Red Bull seat.
“It is obviously a bit frustrating not getting the chance to go out there and really fight,” he said. “But that’s the same for 16 of the drivers in Formula 1.
“There’s only four drivers on the grid, currently, who on merit can probably win a race. Which is obviously deeply frustrating for everybody else.”
“That’s why we’re all excited for for next year. We just want good competition and close competition.”
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