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'George Russell is the type of guy' trend takes over after French GP podium

Joshua Rogers July 25, 2022
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The ‘George Russell is the type of guy’ trend took over Twitter after the Mercedes driver finished P3 at the French Grand Prix this weekend. Mercedes even uploaded a video of the British driver reacting to the best memes.

The French Grand Prix took place in sweltering conditions at Paul Ricard Circuit this weekend. Current world champion Max Verstappen was able to capitalise on rival Charles Leclerc crashing out to win the race, giving the Dutchman a 63-point lead with 10 races to go.

Elsewhere, it was a superb day for Mercedes, with Lewis Hamilton, on his 300th Formula 1 start, taking second place. Team-mate George Russell battled with Red Bull’s Sergio Perez down the stretch to take third.

Mercedes have struggled for consistency all season, but after the race Russell told reporters (via Sky Sports) that the team was “on the right path”.

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Mercedes “on the right path”

“Max, for sure, was just cruising until the end”, Russell said. “So, if we want to fight for victories, we still need to find more performance, but I think as a team we feel like we’re on the right path now.

“I think we have a clear direction of where we need to go with our development. It’s a really great thing in itself, it doesn’t mean that we can actually achieve more performance but at least we believe if we go in this direction, we will find more performance. I think that post-summer break, it’s going to be exciting.”

What is the ‘George Russell is the type of guy’ trend?

In case you hadn’t noticed, the ‘George Russell is the type of guy’ meme is the latest F1 trend to have popped up in recent weeks.

It started around the Austrian GP and is still going strong, with Russell himself acknowledging a few. The idea is pretty simple: Start a tweet with “George Russell is the type of guy…” and then describe something you think the Mercedes driver would do.

The results have been pretty hilarious and the Brit has even weighed in on a few ‘George Russell is the type of guy’ memes himself:

Meme takes over after French GP podium

The ‘George Russell is the type of guy’ meme has even made its way to the grid. Daniel Riccardo got in on the act saying Russell is the kind of guy who “selfishly has two first names”.

However, Valtteri Bottas’ version took the crown:

After Russell caught Perez sleeping after the virtual safety car was deployed with three laps to go in the French GP, the meme started circulating once again:

Mercedes even uploaded a video showing the racer reacting to ‘George Russell is the type of guy’ tweets. Check it out:

Do you think this is a turning point for Mercedes now? Can they catch the Red Bulls? Let us know in the comments below!

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.