George Russell has managed to surprise everyone with a slew of impressive performances in 2020. He has managed to take Williams out of the first Qualifying session 7 times this season.
Even in the midst of such a performance, it is speculated that he might lose his seat at Williams for the 2021 season. A situation that F1 drivers are all too familiar with, Renault’s Esteban Ocon recently opened up about the Brit’s ordeal.
Ocon drew a parallel of Russell’s position with his own towards the end of the 2018 season. At the end of 2018, with Force India’s departure, Ocon had lost his seat and had to join Mercedes as their reserve driver for 2019.
Esteban Ocon said, “It is definitely a difficult thing. I’m not really aware of what’s happening, but I really hope George can stay in Formula 1.”
Ocon further added, “So it would be not justified for him to not be on the grid next year. But that’s how Formula 1 is. It can be cruel sometimes. And I’ve paid that price at the end of 2018 for 2019. I hope this won’t be the case for him.”
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George Russel and Esteban Ocon’s similar struggles
Esteban Ocon was racing for Force India in 2018 season. Although, Sahara Force India was excluded from the championship as Lawrance Stroll took over the team. Racing Point Force India was introduced mid-season.
Despite his stellar performance, Esteban Ocon was left without a Formula 1 seat at the end of 2018. Lance Stroll, son of Lawrance Stroll replaced Ocon in the team.
Sergio Perez comes with a lot of commercial backing from Mexico. Sergio Perez retained the seat at Racing Point, even though Esteban Ocon consistently outperformed his teammate in qualifying. George Russel has also outperformed his teammate in all 33 races consistently. He has even managed to take Williams to Qualifying 2 seven-times this season.
Understandably, Esteban Ocon feels Russell’s pain. He lost his seat, not for the lack of talent and something similar is happening with George Russell at the moment. Moreover, it is Sergio Perez once again taking the seat away. Hopefully, this won’t be the last we see of George Russell in Formula 1.
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