What was the surprising vulnerability of Mercedes ace George Russell that he recently overcame?

George Russell had a very eventful race which sadly led to disappointment in the end, leaving the British driver in shambles. He reportedly thought that he let his team down and blamed himself for the failure. However, Lewis Hamilton immediately came to his support to uplift his morale like the good team player Hamilton is.

George has recently voiced his gratitude towards the seven-time World Champion and shared how he overcome his long-standing fear.

George Russell’s journey from fear to water sports passion

George has been sharing posts on his social media about various water sports like surfing and freediving. But you surely wouldn’t have guessed that he actually had aquaphobia and was terribly afraid of water. He very recently overcame this fear and became an avid water sports enthusiast.

He further explained that this terror stemmed from his countryside upbringing and lack of exposure to clear blue waters of Mediterranean. However now, according to George, “It’s a way that I find peace. It’s a way I disconnect from my sport and mentally recharge.”

He is now a fan of all things water sport. It’s great to see that Russell has overcome his fear and indulges in fun activities involving water to unwind.

When did George Russell sign for Mercedes?

George became a full-time driver for Mercedes Petronas AMG F1 in 2022 and had an impressive first season in the team finishing ahead of Lewis Hamilton with 275 points in the 2022 world championship. He also grabbed his first and Mercedes W14’s first win that season managing to prove his consistency in a car that allegedly even Lewis Hamilton found difficult to drive.

Mercedes had already shown their intentions about extending his contract for the coming seasons to make use of the brilliant performance from their fresh driver. George Russell signed an extension contract for Mercedes team till 2025 this June.

The team’s faith in their driver comes from a long-standing season of trust and apt performance which gave the higher ups a valid reason to continue investing in his talents.

George Russell proved that he can indeed do his best even in hard situations and intense races like the Singapore GP this year when he was ready to give everything he had got and go all in for the win.

Do you think Mercedes did a great job in extending George Russell’s contract or do you have any other driver in mind for the upcoming seasons that suit the Silver Arrows? Share with us below.

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