Mercedes' George Russell reports for duty as 'most intense year' of his F1 career begins

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• George Russell joins the Mercedes F1 team from Williams in 2022.

• Teaming up with Lewis Hamilton, Russell will replaced the departed Valtteri Bottas.

• Russell kicked off his 2022 with a 10-day holiday before reporting for duty.

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George Russell is bracing himself for "the most intense year" of his life as he prepares to line up alongside new teammate Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes.

The 23-year-old has been brought in from Williams to replace Valtteri Bottas, Hamilton's teammate during a hugely successful five-year stay with the Silver Arrows.

The Brit will face a whole host of new challenges as he will have to adjust to his new surroundings as quickly as possible while also coming to grips with the new F1 regulations set to come into effect in the 2022 campaign.

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And Russell says he will be ready to tackle the new challenge once he returns from his holiday at the start of the year.

As per Autosport, Russell said: "I think I am going to take a good holiday at the start of the year. I believe that is important, because I think 2022 will be the most intense year of my life in terms of the racing schedule, but also from an off-track and marketing side of things.

"Going from Williams, where I have been pretty fortunate in a way, not having to do so many marketing activities just because of the nature of the position we've been in, to Mercedes, where we've got tons of sponsors and lots of commitments that drivers need to tend to.

"This will also be off the back of Covid-19. With all the drivers and all the teams, it is all going to ramp up because the partners have missed out on 18 months' worth of activation."

Russell continued: "From a racing side and off-track side, it is going to be incredibly intense. So January, [I will] take ten days off, a nice holiday, reset and then hit the ground running mid-to-end of January, then put everything on the table and go for it. I'm really excited to see the new cars and what they offer for everybody."

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