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George Russell - KF or OK?

George Russell - KF or OK?
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Former kartist George Russell is ready to debut in F1 with team Williams. That's what he said to us about the differences between OK and KF.

F1 rising star George Russell ran on a KZ under the watchful eye of Team Manager Davide Forè, happy to share the secrets of the track with F1’s very young rising star.

“For me it’s the second time ever on a kart with gears,” George confessed to us before getting in the kart with which he slowly gained confidence. Forè followed him step by step in this second run on geared karts. During the test, George, who had the opportunity to run together with the former World Champion Nick De Vries and Alexander Albon (new purchase of the Toro Rosso Team) progressively improved his times, demonstrating how adapting to the use of the gearbox is never a problem – for a good driver.

“Trying to go faster I often find myself at the limit, but I’m here to have fun and it’s beautiful.”

Did you regret, seeing how today you’re trying a KZ, to have never raced one at the World?

“Not exactly. These karts are fantastic, but for how my career has later developed, I have no regrets. In karts I’m happy to have done well in Junior and KF.”

Regarding the KF, given that it is the highest category in which Russell ran, we asked him for a judgment on the front manual brakes... 

Even George confirms that they were not a great help in acquiring greater control of the kart nor that they were in some way formative – which confirms our own that returning to traditional means in OK is in fact the technically correct direction taken by international Karting.

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