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George Russell

Russell explains benefit of moving teams amid regulation changes

George Russell will begin a new chapter of his F1 career in 2022 when he joins Mercedes. This coincides with a wave of new technical regulations coming into effect, but Russell thinks that the crossover can actually be a positive.

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George Russell believes that changing teams amidst the sweeping regulation changes being introduced into Formula 1 for 2022 could be a positive.

After three years with Williams, the Briton makes the switch to Mercedes for the upcoming season.

Whilst some may view the crossover of this move and the new rules as being a challenge, Russell is seeing it as an advantage.

"I see moving teams during this regulation change as a positive, in all honesty," Russell said in a new interview released by Mercedes.

"Because we've got a completely different car, which is a completely different philosophy to previously. [There will be] different tyres, [and I'll be] working with new engineers.

"I think starting from a completely fresh sheet of paper is beneficial for all, whereas I think, if I stayed with Williams for this season, there's always things in the back of your mind that you learned on the previous era of cars, that will always subconsciously carry through into the future.

"Whereas, if you are truly starting from a fresh slate, I think that can only be a benefit for this year."

Preparations for the 2022 season

Ahead of the upcoming season, Russell has spent time getting acquainted with his new team and trying to prepare for the year ahead.

"So far it's been a great winter," he explained.

"I spent nine days in Lanzarote for my training camp, which is something I've done on a yearly basis, which is a great way to start the season.

"I've spent plenty of days in the factory with the engineers, going through a lot of presentations on what the car looks like.

"But obviously, most importantly [I've been] on the simulator, getting to grips with the new car, understanding the limitations, and trying to direct the development and where we need to improve.

"I think that's been also a really exciting part for me with this new opportunity, with the new regulations, to try and get on top of that as fast as possible."

Mercedes will unveil their 2022 car, the W13, on 18 February.

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