Russell was surprised to find that F1 drivers are normal 'blokes'
Given the lavish lifestyle of a F1 driver, which often includes private jets, fast cars, five-star dinners, and yachts in the Mediterranean sea, the athletes in the pinnacle of motorsport are often perceived to have personalities which match their way of life.
However, Mercedes junior and Williams racer Russell revealed at the end of his first F1 season that to his surprise, most of the men that make up the grid are ‘normal blokes’ at the end of the day and not any different to other people.
This is also something which Russell himself mentioned as he makes sure he is always down-to-earth, even if the speeds at which he drives are other-worldly. “Probably the fact that it hasn’t changed my life as much as people would assume,” he said, when speaking to media including FormulaRapida.net.
“I’m still absolutely the same bloke, still, trying to stay down-to-earth. I think when you sit at home, [and] you watch these guys on television and you think ‘they’re almost superheroes’ or ‘they’re untouchable’ but we’re all just normal, normal blokes really.”
“I go through every race with the same goal as I always did – do the best I can, and obviously it’s a much larger scale in F1, and it’s obviously such a dream for me to be in F1, but generally, no. I think the surprising part is everyone’s just normal human beings.”
Even though Russell falls in the celebrity sportsperson category, the youngster also doesn’t see himself as a big star. He has had a good first F1 season and despite not scoring any point, he outshined teammate Robert Kubica, in terms of performance.
[This story was written by me for FormulaRapida, and edited by Darshan Chokhani]