ROMA – George Russell spoke about his mental health and the important role that psychotherapy played in his preparation for the new season in Formula 1. Despite being in his third year with Williams, Russell has not yet managed to score a point with the team in 2019 and in the 2020, also due to the car not up to par. In 2020 he came close to a resounding victory on his debut with Mercedes in Sakhir, before slipping to the bottom of the rankings due to pit stop problems. To deal with sporting disappointments, Russell turned to a psychologist, who apparently helped him get through the difficult time. “I finished second in qualifying for the Sakhir Grand Prix. And I was disappointed. My best qualifying position up to that point had been 12th, which I was absolutely delighted with, then I qualified second and was disappointed. Qhis also taught me that fighting for championships and victories in the future will be mentally much harder than what I have had to endure finishing at the bottom of the grid for the past two years.“, his words to The I.
Russell and the psychologist’s help to get to the top
An important help was received by Russell who helped the rider both on and off the track. “I feel much stronger and healthier – continued the English driver – Many people, especially men, are prejudiced against psychotherapy, which can be an important help. If I have to fight for the top positions, for race wins and for the championship – he added – I’ll have to be mentally stronger, so post-hoc negative experiences are a blessing “. Over the weekend we will race in Imola, where the British driver will try to score the first point for Williams, after 14th place in Bahrain.
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