George Russell 'gutted' to miss out on Sakhir GP victory
Nicholas Latifi has called upon his Williams team-mate George Russell to ensure he is added to the group of streamers known as the ‘Twitch Quartet’. George Russell, Lando Norris, Charles Leclerc and Alex Albon have been prominent on the live-streaming platform in the last 12 months, resulting in the nickname the ‘Twitch Quartet’.
But after stating that he was one of the original streamers, Latifi has called on Russell to push for it to become the ‘Twitch Quintet’.
The pair were together in a video on the Williams team’s official YouTube channel when Latifi joked: “You need to start a petition here to abolish the Twitch Quartet because I was heartbroken that I wasn’t a part of this.
“It should have been the Twitch Quintet, I mean I was one of the originals on Twitch.
“And of all the racing drivers that got in to it, and I was just not included, so whoever came up with the Twitch Quartet we’ve got to have a word.
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“So as a member [looking at Russell], we’ve got to make it the Twitch Quintet.”
In response, rising star Russell replied: “The Twitch Quintet, it doesn’t quite have the same ring.
“I’ll bear it in mind. No promises, because it is very exclusive, I’ll put in a good word to the president and see what I can do.”
Both men had a 2020 to remember.
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For Russell, his second year in Formula 1 ended with him being promoted from his Williams team, where he is effectively on loan, for the Sakhir Grand Prix in Bahrain, so he could fill in for Lewis Hamilton, who was unable to race due to testing positive for Covid-19.
Russell went on to outperform his more senior temporary team-mate Valtteri Bottas initially and arguably would have won had it not been for a pit-stop error from Mercedes and a slow puncture, resulting in the Englishman having to settle for a ninth place finish.
With Russell already on Mercedes’ books, the Sakhir Grand Prix was a chance for the 22-year-old to show he could deliver for the dominant force in F1 and there is a lot of excitement around what 2021 will hold for him.
As for Latifi, 2020 was the year he became a fully-fledged Formula 1 driver, despite only taking up competitive karting at the age of 13.
The Toronto native had graduated through the Formula Three, Formula Renault 3.5 and FIA Formula Two championships in Europe before holding test and development roles with the Renault and Force India F1 teams.
In 2019 he arrived at Williams as reserve driver before a year later becoming just the second Canadian to earn a place on the F1 grid in more than a decade, having been given Williams’ number 6 FW43 car for the 2020 season.
The 25-year-old has now competed in 17 F1 races, securing 11th place finishes on three occasions.
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