So...George Russell's Eyeballs
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Every single thing about this weekend's race was built for chaos. George and Vatteri being stuck together on Media Day. This outfit from Sir Lewis Hamilton. THE RAIN.
Today though, I’d like to discuss something ultra-polarizing in Formula 1. No, I’m not talking about Lewis and Max’s tumble at Silverstone, Fernando Alonso’s return to the sport, Spa's podium, or Aston Martin’s choice of green car hue. (That last thing is a bourgeois problem if I ever did see one.)
No, instead we’re talking about George Russell’s eyeballs. More specifically, why no one can seem to agree on if they’re absolutely stunning or downright terrifying.
Here’s a recap of George Russell for those who are new: He’s the baby-faced 23-year-old whiz kid over at Williams, where he’s patiently waited in the wings for almost three years to take Valtteri Bottas’ spot over at Mercedes. In terms of the British drivers on the grid, Lewis Hamilton is the cool older cousin who introduced you to weird house music, always knows ~a guy~, and is probably in a cult, while Lando Norris is comfortably situated in the “internet dweller who definitely committed all of the Sims cheat codes to memory” slot.
It’s obvious that George isn't interested in snatching either of those crowns, instead going for more of a “would fit in no problem at a polo match and totally brag to you about his tangential connection to the Royal Family” vibe. He’s never met a preppy blue-and-white striped shirt he didn’t like, and if you told me he wears only a long nightshirt to bed, I’d believe you, no questions asked.
Because of this, no one can quite put their finger on George. Is he really a fine bloke, or is it all just an act?
This is where his eyes come in, because I think they’re the core reason why people are so undecided on him. It tooootally has nothing to do with his racing.
First, here are three photos that contain George’s eyes, courtesy of his Instagram: