Reflecting on his season, the former Williams driver attributes his late-season resurgence to a "small mentality change".
Russell: Enjoy the moment
This subtle shift in mindset, inspired by Alonso's wisdom, appears to have injected a renewed vigour into Russell's approach to the sport, signalling a positive evolution in his perspective on Formula 1.
“I think a small mentality change from my side," Russell said, as per Planet F1.
"Homework with my engineers, the things I’m focusing on with the setup of the car, the things I’m not focusing on with the setup of the car, and just probably enjoying life a bit more.
“I listened to a podcast from Fernando where he said that, if he could change one thing in his career, he wished he enjoyed the moment more often when he was younger.
“I think that sort of resonated with me, because, you know, I’m living my dream here. But I’m so dedicated. I feel like a true professional, I look at every single detail, and I give it my everything.
“Sometimes you forget to enjoy it. And to enjoy the moment with the people around you, enjoy the places you’re going to, and smile – not just constantly be this 120 percent serious guy focused on every single detail.
“It doesn’t mean that I’m any less professional now. But it’s just that I’m probably enjoying my life more, my surroundings, the people who I have at home, and my living situation. I’m just in a much happier place. I’m learning new things that I never would have dreamt of doing before. So just, all in all, in a good place.”
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