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Russell only driver to contact Grosjean after Haas dropped him

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09/11/2020

Not only is George Russell a star in the making, at least according to two-time world champion, Fernando Alonso, the Williams driver is also one of the grid's good guys.

Ahead of this weekend's Turkish Grand Prix, Romain Grosjean has revealed that Russell remains the only driver to message him support after Haas announced it was to drop the Frenchman.

"I've had a good relationship with George," says Grosjean. "When the announcement was made that I wasn't going to be with the team next season, he was the first and only one to send me a WhatsApp message. That really shows that he's a great guy."

Of course, following his crash during the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola, Russell was in need of some support of his own.

"I know how painful it is to crash under a safety car period," says Grosjean, "especially when it's going to be your first point of the season.

"I believe it was the same for me at Baku in 2018," he adds. "In the lower part of the field, you really need to work the tires a lot. I've said it many times, if I was doing Baku again, I'd probably do the same thing as I did three seasons ago.

"George didn't do anything crazy, but he just lost the car. It was a tough day for him, but he'll have plenty more (good days) to come."

A winner at Istanbul in GP2, Grosjean is looking forward to returning in an F1 car.

"I think it's going to be an outstanding circuit, another really good one," says the Frenchman. "It's very high speed, there's ups and downs, different kerbs - again, everything you need to have.

"There's some low speed at the end of the circuit for some good overtaking. I think it's going to be a very good weekend."

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1. Posted by gt3bill, 11/11/2020 4:43

"yep.. move along nothing to see here....... another frenchman that thinks he is all that.....dont let the door hit you on the way out"

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2. Posted by Wokingchap, 10/11/2020 19:02

"Well done George."

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3. Posted by Batman, 09/11/2020 23:07

"Big John & Magnum are the hardest pair out there at present. They are warriors, real roman gladiators on track. They take everything possible from the car, quite like Andrea de Cesaris or Ronnie Peterson, a few decades a go, just to name two of them. Big John was F3 and F2 champion and Magnum was part of McLaren driver academy. With out sponsors or billionair fathers, had they not fought hard and would not have even sat in an F1. The road to F1 it's not hard the same way to everyone. Look at what a fourth time world champion can do with a poor engine. This two guys deserve respect for the perseverance and resilience they have shown, knowing they are driving a car stuck in time since the race one. They weren't even fired. They did not see the contracts renewed not out of underperforming, but at the expense of the teams option to hire paying drivers."

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4. Posted by Barslug, 09/11/2020 15:14

"Well Romain, there is an old saying....you reap what you sow. You have spent the last decade blaming everyone else for your mistakes, taken out half the field and slandered just about every driver on the radio. What do you expect? I’m amazed Hass kept you as long as they did. "

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