Formula 1
Formula 1
28 Mar
FP1 in
62 days
R
Emilia Romagna GP
18 Apr
Race in
85 days
09 May
Next event in
103 days
23 May
Race in
120 days
R
Azerbaijan GP
06 Jun
Race in
134 days
13 Jun
Race in
142 days
27 Jun
Race in
155 days
04 Jul
Next event in
159 days
18 Jul
Race in
176 days
R
Hungarian GP
01 Aug
Race in
190 days
29 Aug
Race in
218 days
05 Sep
Race in
225 days
12 Sep
Race in
232 days
26 Sep
Race in
246 days
R
Singapore GP
03 Oct
Next event in
250 days
10 Oct
Race in
260 days
R
United States GP
24 Oct
Race in
275 days
31 Oct
Race in
282 days
R
Australian GP
21 Nov
Race in
302 days
R
Saudi Arabia GP
05 Dec
Race in
316 days
R
Abu Dhabi GP
12 Dec
Race in
323 days

Russell wearing small race boots to fit into Mercedes F1 car

shares
comments
Russell wearing small race boots to fit into Mercedes F1 car
By:
Co-author: Alex Kalinauckas

George Russell has revealed that he is wearing Formula 1 race boots that are one size smaller than normal in order to fit into the Mercedes W11 car.

Regular Williams driver Russell will race for Mercedes in this weekend's Sakhir Grand Prix after seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton was ruled out by a positive test for COVID-19.

Russell underwent a seat fitting in the Mercedes W11 on Wednesday to get used to the cockpit, but soon found that it was tighter than his regular surroundings at Williams.

At 6' 1" (185cm), Russell is more than four inches taller than Hamilton, making for a cosier fit upon getting into the car for the first time.

To curb this, Russell revealed he is using size 10 race boots this weekend instead of his usual size 11s. Hamilton usually races with size 9 boots.

"It definitely was a tight squeeze," Russell said. "My size 11 feet were a struggle, so I'm having to wear size smaller shoe than would be ideal.

"So that's slightly uncomfortable. But I'm sure I can endure the pain to get this opportunity. "

Read Also:

Russell revealed that his race engineer for the weekend, Pete Bonnington, had joked they would be able to make some changes to his body so he could fit.

"I spoke with Bono, he said: 'I'm sure we can make some mods to your body!' Ha, not too sure, that's what I was thinking. But no, it's all good."

Russell's shock opportunity with Mercedes comes close to four years since he joined its young driver programme, making him the first graduate to its works team.

It also comes just over a month since there were doubts Russell would be on the grid at all in 2021 amid speculation he could be replaced at Williams by Sergio Perez.

But Russell knocked back a suggestion it was a "fairytale" opportunity, but merely another twist in a dramatic 2020.

"This is not the way I envisioned my first opportunity in a Mercedes race car," Russell said.

"Obviously, incredibly odd circumstances. This year has just been mental on all accounts, not just for me. There are much greater problems going on in the world.

"But just from a personal perspective in terms of my career it's been up, down, left, right, centre and it's just another twist to a tale, lets say.

"It still seems a bit surreal, and I'm sure in years to come I'll look back on 2020 and say 'what an unbelievable year'."

Related video

Russell got Wolff call at 2am while in the bathroom

Previous article

Russell got Wolff call at 2am while in the bathroom

Next article

Bottas admits it "wouldn't look so good" if Russell beat him

Bottas admits it "wouldn't look so good" if Russell beat him
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Drivers George Russell
Author Luke Smith