Williams’ George Russell has admitted he is envious of some of his peers’ seats in Formula 1, such as Carlos Sainz and his new position at Ferrari.
A highly-regarded talent in his own right, Russell’s drive with Williams pales in comparison to that afforded several of his under-25 peers in the sport.
Besides Sainz, Max Verstappen, Charles Leclerc, Lando Norris and Alexander Albon can all reasonably claim to be in a better position than the 22-year-old Russell, who spent his rookie season in 2019 languishing at the back of the grid.
“Obviously seeing my mates up there in potential championship-winning cars is something I’m a little bit jealous of because I want to be up there challenging as well,” he told Sky Sports’ Rachel Brookes in an Instagram video-chat.
“But I know as long as I keep performing and I keep driving to the best of my ability that opportunity will come whether it’s next year, two years, five years, 10 years. It should come.”
The 2018 Formula 2 champion and a Mercedes junior, Russell’s name is believed to be at the front-of-the-list should a spot open up at the Silver Arrows in the near future.
However until it does, he will likely remain a spectator to the action at the front of the grid, although he said he was excited by the prospect of a wider youth movement.
“I think it’s great to be honest — mixing things up. It’s great for the fans, great for the media, great for the young guns of F1, seeing Carlos joining Ferrari.
“You’ve now got Ferrari with two youngsters, Red Bull with two youngsters, and you’ve got Lando there in McLaren.
“The likes of Ferrari have got to start looking to the future and with Charles and Carlos, that could potentially be their line-up for five, six, seven years to come.
“I think for any organisation having that stability is what people need, having two mega drivers side-by-side.”
Furthermore, Russell suggested that Sainz’s circuitous path to a top drive can inspire drivers such as himself looking to break through.
“We’re all youngsters, we all want to have that successful career and victories right away, but if you’re doing the job and you’re performing we’ll all get our chance,” he said. “That’s all I can do at the moment.”