“We bumped into each other on the track all season. If you had told me that a year earlier, I would have thought you were crazy.
“That experience, racing wheel-to-wheel in a Formula 1 car, has helped me so much.”
Russell is also full of confidence after his display at Mercedes in which he was able to prove his overtaking abilities.
“I’ve only had one experience of being able to attack in a duel, which was when I was in the Mercedes,” said Russell.
“That gives you so much more confidence as a driver.