2017 GP3 Series Champion talks about his season
GP3 Series: George Russell, GP3 Series Champion. How does that feel?
George Russell: It feels fantastic! Firstly, I would like to give a massive thank you to everybody at ART Grand Prix: they have been absolutely incredible with all four of us. And then secondly, I would like to thank Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport. They’ve obviously helped me a lot this season, they put their faith in me at the start of the year, and they have developed me into a better driver to get me into this position today.
GP3 Series: How important has your personal relationship with ART Grand Prix been for you this campaign?
George: It has been massively important. It’s helped to have three extremely fast and intelligent teammates. We all got along very well this season and we have all come together after every session to talk with the engineers and to push the team forward. I think it’s quite easy for either of us to say ART had the best car and the reason behind it was that we worked so well as a team. We’ve been able to push in the right direction to give us that car.
GP3 Series: How difficult was the title battle with your teammates across the season especially with Jack Aitken?
George: To be honest, I have not really thought about the title so much: this was the first weekend I ever really thought about it. Even then, like I said yesterday, I came into this event with the same mind-set as always: to try and put it on pole and win Race 1. I could not accomplish that, but my second objective was to try and beat my main rival, which was Jack