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Mercedes pay Taylor Swift tribute to departing Russell moment

Mercedes pay Taylor Swift tribute to departing Russell moment

Mercedes pay Taylor Swift tribute to departing Russell moment

Mercedes pay Taylor Swift tribute to departing Russell moment

F1 fans have officially been forced to bid farewell to George Russell's iconic 2023 introduction pose.

The Brit's T-pose was one of the biggest memes of last season, with Alex Albon revealing last week at pre-season testing that a number of different drivers had actually posed similarly in shots left on the cutting room floor.

Russell admitted nerves coming into this season's shoot, knowing he had a lot to live up to if he wanted to continue on as the social media 'meme king' in 2024.

His season got off to a great start as Mercedes posted a hilarious out-take from an F1 photoshoot on their X page in the week after testing.

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However, his iconic pose from 2023 has now been skated over, as F1 released the new title sequence ahead of FP1 for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

George Russell has become somewhat of a hit on social media
F1 heads to Bahrain this weekend for the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix

F1 Twitter reacts to Russell meme in Taylor Swift nod

In the new opening credits, Russell is seen in quite a standard, generic pose, walking up to the camera with a rather deadpan expression on his face.

Mercedes themselves were the first to mourn over the removal of Russell's T-shaped posture, presumably with their social media team now realising they have more work to do to market their driver.

They posted a memorial post for the iconic pose on X, using lyrics from popstar Taylor Swift's song 'Bigger than the Whole Sky'.

Mercedes fans were clearly upset by this, with one user commenting: "I'm not sure we are ready to let go."

Meanwhile, another user continued on with the Swift theme, commenting "You were more than just a short time."

READ MORE: Russell hit with FRESH round of memes after pre-season photos

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