No privacy in F1: George Russell

Fame comes as career consequence

George William Russell is a British racing driver currently competing in Formula One for Mercedes. From 2019 to 2021, he was racing for Williams. He has felt the need to express the fact that there is no privacy in F1, as the comments he made on radio on Mick Schumacher are now all over.

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The 25-year-old racer had a misunderstanding with Haas racer Schumacher during the 2022 Singapore GP at Turn 1. 

His comment: “Schumacher is defending like it’s the race of his life, crikey” did not appease some. And Russell is now sure that there's no secret in F1. However his dream has always been to a good racing driver, not being famous. 

Russell commented, “These are things that are part of the experience when you are at the front," according to Motorsportweek.com. He continued, “Everything is under the microscope and that kind of comment last year in 2021 would not have been picked up on. But I think there are two parts of it: one, it’s fighting your case; but two, it’s you just trying to offload some frustrations. And you do sometimes forget you are talking to the whole world.” 

Adding on he said, “This is part of my experience of, one, controlling this frustration, and two, thinking ‘do I need to say it publicly?’ And I think that’s one of the challenges of this sport.  You have no privacy. I have chosen to be the racing driver, because my dream is to become a Formula 1 World Champion. My dream isn’t to be famous, to be in front of the TV cameras day in and day out. My job and my dream is to race and to win." 

He expressed how every action and statement is under scrutiny if you are in F1, hence the need to be careful. "Some of these comments, this is to achieve that, forgetting that there are millions and millions of people watching at home and every single word is being written down and under the microscope. This is also an experience for me. As I said, I probably said a lot of comments like this previously over the radio, but no one gave two damns.”

The 2023 season begins, Russell could be in the spotlight even more. Russell should expect further scrutiny if he wants to be part of this world, especially if he wants to have a fruitful 2023. 

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