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George Russell

Russell admits last 12 months have been mentally challenging

The Williams driver has opened up on his mental struggles in Formula 1 over the last year.

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George Russell admits life in Formula 1 has been mentally tough over the last 12 months, but thinks it will help him in the future.

Russell is yet to score points for Williams and has come close on multiple occasions, including the latest race at the Austrian Grand Prix.

"Mentally [it's been] very difficult," Russell told RacingNews365.com and other select members of the press. "I think my first year, I took it in my stride because I was just so excited to be in Formula 1 and learning so much.

"Obviously, now into my third year, I just feel ready to score some good results and I feel like the team really deserve it with the progress they've been making.

"But mentally it's not easy. We're all winners, we're all here to win and it's been a bit of a rollercoaster this past year with Imola last year, Mugello last year, Bahrain obviously, and then Imola again this year."

Russell has been poised to take Valtteri Bottas' seat at Mercedes from 2022 which would likely put him in a car that can win races. His experience with Williams towards the back of the grid is something that the British driver believes will be an asset in years to come.

"It's just been a lot of difficult moments to deal with," said Russell. "I feel fortunate because hopefully, in the future, having the chance to fight for victories and World Championships, I've experienced a lot more disappointment than others.

"I think it will make you mentally stronger and will actually helped me in the difficult moments in the future, because for sure there will be some."

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