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F1 | Russell is looking forward to being part of the development of a car that "will be progressing drastically throughout the 2022 season"

George Russell is ready to drive for Mercedes,  he is enthusiastic, but also aware that this will be most intensive year of his career.

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F1 | Russell is  looking forward to being part of the development of a car that "will be progressing drastically throughout the 2022 season"
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The word that best sums up Mercedes' prospects in this 2022 season is: revolution.

New regulations, a completely different car and a new driver to join 7-time world champion Lewis Hamilton.

Mercedes awaits George Russell, and he can't wait to get started, to make the big leap into F1.

The Briton is ready to show he has what it takes to stand up to the award-winning compatriot, despite the fact that he is aware of how the next championship will probably be the most intense season he has faced in F1 so far.

The German team will be on the hunt for the next constructors' title, while it will be vital for Hamilton to redeem himself from the defeat suffered this year.

“I think I am going to take a good holiday at the start of the year,” Russell said to Motorsport.com.

“I believe that is important, because I think next year will be the most intense year of my life in terms of the racing schedule, but also from an off-track and marketing side of things.

“Going from Williams, where I have been pretty fortunate in a way, not having to do so many marketing activities just because of the nature of the position we’ve been in, to Mercedes, where we’ve got tons of sponsors and lots of commitments that drivers need to tend to,” he added.

“This will be also off the back of COVID. With all the drivers and all the teams, it is all going to ramp up because the partners have missed out on 18 months’ worth of activation.

“From a racing side and off-track side, it is going to be incredibly intense.

"So January, [I will] take 10 days off, a nice holiday, reset and then hit the ground running mid-to-end of January, then put everything on the table and go for it.”

Russell’s move to Mercedes will be a great opportunity to show off his talent, that’s not a secret for the most attentive. The British driver said he wants to play an active role in the development of the car for next year:

“I’m really excited to see the new cars and what they offer for everybody,” said Russell.

“That is really exciting, but also I am looking forward to being part of the development of a car that will be progressing drastically throughout a season, working with the designers, working on the simulator, putting lots of work in to progress.

“I am sure it won’t necessarily be who is quickest at race one will win, and I am sure there will be some interesting designs out there and might be some underdogs who prevail in the opening tests or races.

“It is whoever develops the fastest, whoever develops the best and to build those foundations for the coming years. That is a side I am really excited for from an engineering perspective.” He stated.

“And then obviously teaming up with Lewis is obviously incredibly exciting. I am in a privileged position to be in to go alongside the best ever.

“It is an amazing opportunity to again progress myself as a driver and see how I fare.”

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