“We were in a debrief and I was struggling a little bit with something. I was talking to some of the engineers and he just gave me a bit of advice from the driving side.
“It was mainly about the tyres, and how to try and get more out of them. I’d say that was a little thing that helped me find that little bit extra, what I was just missing at the start of my F2 career.
“That’s actually pushed forward into F1 as well and has benefitted me as I moved into F1. That little piece of information triggered something in my mind. I think a lot about it and how I can get even more out of it."
Then with a wry smile, Russell added: “I hope I can make him regret giving me that advice one day.”
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