Formula 1 (F1) is now populated with very young talent, and they're here to steal the spotlight from some of our favourite experienced drivers. And if you're clueless about the sport, allow me to recommend Netflix's documentary Drive to Survive, which will give you an unparalleled insight into the sport with behind-the-scenes drama and access to F1 drivers and teams.
With F1 fever peaking this weekend from 15 to 17 September, we are already seeing drivers making their way to various parts of the city centre for interviews and fan meets.
British racing driver George Russell, 25, one of the driving forces behind the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team is also meeting the press for a very good reason – a special collaboration with Puma.
Happy to be back in Singapore
In a group interview, George shared with us that he's happy to be back in Singapore and is in awe of the city: "Everybody's always really excited to be here. It's a beautiful city. Everybody's always welcoming. There are so many fans here and we're excited to see everybody. It's definitely a real joy for us to always come back to Singapore."
The young driver who began his career with karting in 2006 is entering his second season with the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One team this year and is excited to make a bid for the winning title. He shared, "I think as a driver, when you get to Formula One, you'd love to go in making an impact by winning races and fighting for championships. But unfortunately, the landscape of Formula One sometimes doesn't allow you that. It can be fortunate to be in the right car at the right time when they're at their peak, but sometimes you have to wait and you have to fight for it. I think that's not just the same for me; there's a number of drivers who are extremely talented in Formula One, but haven't had the chance yet to fight for a championship. I'm only 25 and I want this to happen tomorrow. I want this to happen straightaway next year, but I appreciate it takes time and it's a long way to go."
Donning a special Puma x Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Singapore exclusive T-shirt in white, the driver was in high spirits this afternoon, sharing his thoughts about what he misses when competing around the world: "Other than obviously my family and friends, because I don't get to see them as often as I like; the thing I missed the most when I joined F1 was actually watching a live Formula 1 race and it was something I never really thought of when I was dreaming of Formula 1. I've grown up all my life, every single Sunday turning the TV on and watching the F1. When I got to F1, which is obviously something huge in my life, I wasn't watching it live and it was quite strange. When you watch a replay, it's not the same as watching it live."
The cheerful driver also shared that he's normally in his Puma gear when off-duty: "Especially here in Singapore when it's hot and sweaty; I think sportswear is the way to go. Smart casual is normally the kind of style I tend to go for."