ROKiT Williams Racing driver George Russell has admitted he’s preferred the shift to driving Formula 1 cars in the virtual world, over the real-world counterpart.
Over the most resent esports race, Russell was in another league and no one could catch him, as he reached his second consecutive race win over fellow Formula 1 stars like Charles Leclerc, Lando Norris, and esports debutant Valtteri Bottas.
The first-place finish is a far cry from where the 22-year-old British driver found himself for all but a handful of races in the F1 season last year. Despite being the Formula 2 champion before moving up to F1. Last season, Russell was unable to earn a top-ten finish.
Not so in the competitive, and more balanced cars, Russell has taken to with ease. It’s no small wonder then, that the young F1 star admits he prefers it to the real thing.
Russell said he’s more than happy to keep battling away on the F1 2019 game alongside an ever-growing number of his real-world racers. In some ways, the Brit driver told Sky Sports, the ‘fake’ gaming world has been more fun.
That’ll do!! P1 🏆😄 pic.twitter.com/xXPoaxXYeJ
— George Russell (@GeorgeRussell63) May 24, 2020
Russell added he’s already got “more publicity from winning an esports race than [from] any single F1 race last year… being at the back of the grid.” He’s using the new opportunity to “show the people what I can do,” he later added.
It hasn’t all being plain sailing though, Russell added that he “struggled” to adapt to the strange new world of gaming when he first accepted an invite — similar to how Leclerc admitted it was “unbelievably hard” to make the switch.
“I first started off doing it for a bit of fun, trying to provide a little bit of entertainment for the hardcore Formula 1 fans who are missing the racing and don’t have anything to support at the moment,” he said.