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Russell has F1 glory on his mind


George Russell
George Russell

By Philip Duncan

George Russell has set his sights on being crowned a Formula One world champion as he prepares to make his debut in Australia.

Russell, 21, will complete a lifelong ambition when he lines up on the grid for Williams at Melbourne's Albert Park curtain raiser on Sunday.

But the highly-rated Englishman, whose impressive CV includes back-to-back GP3 and Formula Two titles and a year as understudy to Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes, isn't content on simply making up the numbers.

"I want to become a Formula One world champion," he said.

"I recognise that it is an incredible achievement to make it to this stage, but the journey starts again.

"I don't want to be here for one or two seasons. I want to be in F1 for 15 or 20 years, and the only way I am going to do that is by giving my everything and competing at this level.

"I have to recognise that F1 isn't football and there aren't hundreds of opportunities at different clubs in different leagues in different countries.

"F1 has room for only the best 20 drivers in the world, and being a part of that elite group is incredible."

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