Speaking in a conversation with England striker Harry Kane, Russell explained: "On paper, the most high-pressure situation I've found myself in was when I replaced Lewis Hamilton in the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix when he, unfortunately, had Covid.
"I went from a team that was right at the back of the grid to the championship-winning team. We were by far the quickest car on the grid. That was my moment to kind of prove to the world what I was capable of.
"So there was a lot of pressure in that moment."
Russell then explained how the pressure went away once the lights went out on race day in Sakhir.
"Going back to before, once the helmet was on I didn't even think that I was in a Mercedes.
"I didn't even realise I was leading the Grand Prix, it was just flowing."
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