Russell on being a Merc’d man

“I can only learn from Lewis and it can only be beneficial in the long run.

“Equally, I think now is the best time to have this opportunity to go up alongside him — because we are starting from fresh.

“We have completely new cars. Last year was constant evolution whereas now it’s a complete fresh start and a good opportunity.

“With my experiences last year — disappointments, crashes, missing out on points, scoring points — I now feel more complete.

“Over the last six years, I have outperformed my team-mates.

“But I’ve got to be realistic. Suddenly now I need to change my thought process — but I feel stronger to be able to deal with that than I would’ve been a year ago.”

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