While Russell is naturally grateful for the support and kind words, he recognises it will mean nothing unless he continues to deliver a high level of performance with Williams with whom he has yet to score a point in 35 grands prix.
"I obviously really appreciate these comments, without a shadow of a doubt, but I think it is almost background noise really because I know I have to continue to perform week-in, week-out," said Russell.
"As fantastic as it is getting a pat on the back and praise from these guys, I have got to back that up with what I do on track. So I have always tried not letting comments like this get into my head or anything.
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