“This 40-year old guy was booing me when I don’t even know him”- George Russell shares experience after being jeered by fan first time ever

Somin Bhattacharjee
|Published July 01, 2022

George Russell is one of the best talents in F1 today, but saw the downside of being in the sport after being booed by a fan in Canada.

Being an F1 driver is a luxury only 20 drivers around the world can have at a given time. Russell, who made his debut in 2019 has gone on to become one of the best in the grid today.

His incredible consistency at Williams landed him a Mercedes seat in 2022. Since joining the Silver Arrows, he’s once again shown why he’s so highly rated. He has outperformed teammate Lewis Hamilton on several occasions, and remains the only driver to finish P5 or above in every race this season.

However, he experienced the downside of fame during F1’s last outing in Canada. The sport returned to Montreal after a two year gap, and Russell felt for the first time how it was like getting jeered by a fan.

He shared his experience about how the fan booed him, ahead of the British Grand Prix this weekend.

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George Russell has no idea why the fan was booing him in Montreal

Russell admitted that he had no reason as to why the fan booed him in Montreal. It happened during the Drivers’ Parade ahead of the race, when they were going around the circuit waving at fans.

He has had a lot more attention on him since his move to Mercedes from Williams, and he acknowledges how it will also lead to instances like this.

“As your profile raises, there’s a lot of positives that come with it, no doubt,” he said. “But there’s also downsides to it that also take a bit of readjusting.”

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“I had the first time in Montreal somebody shout my name and boo at me,” the former Williams driver continued. “I’m just sat in the car on the drivers’ parade and it’s quite a strange thing to comprehend that this 35, 40-year-old guy is booing at me when I don’t even know him.”

“I just try to keep myself to myself and just try to do my best every single race I go to. Put on a good show and be polite and pleasant to everyone.”

Russell is fourth in the F1 standings with 111 points to his name.

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Somin Bhattacharjee

Somin Bhattacharjee

Somin Bhattacharjee is an F1 writer at The SportsRush. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and aims to work in the sports industry for the rest of his life. Somin has been a fan of Scuderia Ferrari since 2010 and his favorite driver is none another than the great Fernando Alonso. Other than longing for a Ferrari Championship win once again, Somin spends his free time playing football and basketball.

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