Enter your email to read this article
Read news on any topic, in one place, from publishers like The Economist, FT, Bloomberg and more.

George Russell hailed for first F1 win as David Coulthard says future is bright for Brits

George Russell's breakthrough victory last Sunday at the Brazilian Grand Prix will be "the first of many".

That is the view of Formula 1 legend David Coulthard, who was commentating for Channel 4 when Russell became the sport's 20th British race winner. He crossed the line narrowly ahead of team-mate Lewis Hamilton, in a landmark result for Mercedes towards the end of a difficult season.

The 24-year-old was unlucky not to break his duck when filling in for Hamilton at the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix. Mercedes problems this year made it seem like that first victory would still be a long way away, but the stars aligned for Russell at Interlagos last weekend.

Coulthard, a 13-time F1 race winner, told Mirror Sport : "It was a great way to welcome another British winner, in George. He is ahead of Hamilton in the championship, and there are a number of reasons why we can pick that apart – but he almost won on his [Mercedes] debut, won two races at the weekend and he did it in absolute style.

"It's a perfect way, isn't it? When you've got your own team-mate and a seven-time world champion [Hamilton] actually running you towards the flag. It's great to see George getting that result, and it will be the first of many."

With Russell and Hamilton paired at Mercedes and Lando Norris still impressing in an inconsistent McLaren, Coulthard is excited for the future. He added: "I'm biased as a Brit, but George has arrived, Lando is in waiting until he gets the right car.

David Coulthard declared the future is bright for British F1 fans (Daily Record)

"Clearly we're coming towards the end of one era with Lewis – though we now know he's going to be around for another few years, but he's still closer to the end than the beginning. We're well-served."

Even beyond the British drivers, Coulthard believes the fact that the majority of the grid run their operations in the UK should be a great source of pride. "Not only in drivers, but of course the teams, he said. "The 'Silicon Valley' of Formula 1 is Britain, as shown by the amount of trophies that get flown back to the UK.

"I always feel, obviously there are many great sports – Formula 1 is an entertaining sport, and it's also a great representation of British engineering and craftsmanship. Sometimes I feel we're a little bit shy to celebrate what we have delivered."

Highlights of Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will be on Channel 4 at 5.30pm on Sunday.

Top stories on inkl right now
Related Stories
Red Bull lock out front row as Max Verstappen dominates qualifying in Abu Dhabi amid Lewis Hamilton struggles
Lewis Hamilton will have to pass both Red Bulls and both Ferraris to maintain his record of winning in every season of his career after Max Verstappen secured pole position for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
From analysis to the latest developments in health, read the most diverse news in one place.
F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Start time, starting grid, how to watch, & more
Max Verstappen will start from pole position after topping qualifying for the Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Here's how and when you can watch the race.
Sebastian Vettel scores point on final F1 race thanks to Lewis Hamilton heartbreak
Verstappen started the race on pole and sped off into the distance to win the race comfortably, but the real battle was for second place in the championship with Perez and Leclerc going head-to-head
2022 F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – How to watch, start time & more
The 2022 Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix takes place this Sunday on November 20. Here's how you can watch the final round of the 2022 F1 season.
F1 Abu Dhabi GP qualifying - Start time, how to watch & more
Max Verstappen topped the times on Friday for Red Bull ahead of the Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Here’s how and when to watch qualifying.
One place to find news on any topic, from hundreds of sites.
F1 Abu Dhabi GP: Hamilton leads Mercedes 1-2 in opening practice
Lewis Hamilton led Mercedes to a 1-2 finish in the first Formula 1 practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as seven young drivers featured in the session.