“My size 11 feet were a struggle, so I’m also going to have to wear a size lower shoe than would be ideal, so that’s slightly uncomfortable but I am sure I can ignore the pain to get this opportunity.”
Russell has prior knowledge of the team after testing for them in the past, but while he knows the crew he has not driven the current car and revealed he has not even been in the simulator for two years.
He conceded he faces a challenge to get up to speed this weekend but said he is looking forward to his steep learning curve.
“It’s going to be incredibly difficult,” he said. “Valtteri has been pushing Lewis a huge amount over the years, I know it’s not going to be an easy task, coming in.
“Any driver, when you’re in the groove, you’re integrated into the team, I know the level I was at with Williams just having spent two years in the same car with my same engineers, same mechanics.
“Changing suddenly, there are so many new things to learn. I’ve no expectations, no targets, just build up to it over Friday, learn as much as I can, enjoy it, and just do my best.”
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