“With 140,000 fans it will be buzzing” – George Russell is “buzzing” for the British Grand Prix, set to take place in a full house Silverstone.
The British Grand Prix will welcome a house full of fans at Silverstone after the British Government eased restrictions. Homeboy George Russell is excited by this news and is hoping for clear skies across the weekend.
“I can’t wait for it. It’s always a joy going to Silverstone to drive what is an amazing track and with 140,000 fans it will be buzzing for all of us. I think we all need and deserve it, not just drivers and teams but the fans as well. It will be so exciting for everyone.
“Fingers crossed the weather holds off. Hopefully, we’ve had our bad bit of the weather out of the way in the last couple of weeks in the UK and we can get some nice sunshine. It’s just going to be a mega-event all in all.”
Silverstone – A ghost town
Silverstone is one of the most iconic circuits in the global racing calendar, but hasn’t seen a lot of activity due to the pandemic. Russell referred to it as a “ghost town”, without the presence of fans; something set to change this weekend.
“It’s quiet, it feels a bit like a ghost town, to be honest. It’s obviously still so busy when you’re with the F1 teams and on the grid, which is packed, but you look around and it’s completely empty.
“That’s not what sport’s about – sport’s about the atmosphere, the entertainment, and the fans are a huge part of that. Going to Silverstone with what will be by far the biggest crowd we’ve had in a year-and-a-half will be so exciting for everyone.
“You can’t quantify it but just having that support…obviously it adds some extra pressure but it’s good pressure and a lot of us thrive off that. Going out there to try and put on your best performance in front of everyone is such a special feeling, especially if you do a good job.”