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George Russell

Russell considers Mercedes experience 'victory in itself'

Although George Russell won't be on the track in Bahrain until Sunday, he believes he's entering this season with more confidence in himself after last year's experience with Mercedes.

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George Russell believes he's entering this season with more confidence in himself after his experience with Mercedes last year, which he believes was a victory in itself despite not finishing first.

The Williams driver will only take to the Bahrain International Circuit for testing on Sunday, but he's confident that what he learned last season will help him as a driver in 2021 as he now has a taste for what it's like at the front of the grid.

"I learned a lot of things from that experience," Russell told RacingNews365.com and other members of the media. "I qualified second which was my best qualifying ever. I think previously it was 12, and I was disappointed not to be on pole. Just because you're suddenly at the front of a grid, it doesn't change that that satisfaction you get by getting the absolute most out of your equipment.

"Coming away from that event I had a few tough days but I put it behind me, I learned from it. I was very grateful to Mercedes and Williams for giving me the chance. And ultimately, I had to see that race as a victory in itself, even if I didn't get the trophy at the end of the day, as I'm coming into the season with more confidence and belief in myself. That's great for me go for the team and great for everyone. It was a good opportunity."

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