George Russell to quit F1 and become a professional footballer?

George Russell has been offered a trial by King's Lynn FC.

After being spotted at the Champions League final last Saturday in Istanbul, George Russell has been offered an interesting career change should he wish to leave the world of Formula 1 behind.

Russell was in the Turkish city to see Manchester City defeat Inter Milan 1-0, to claim their first Champions League trophy.

He was later seen with Manchester City midfielder Jack Grealish, who let the Mercedes star try on his medal for an Instagram post.

Following his appearance at the final, Russell was later asked by a reporter what club he’d play for, should he become a footballer.

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The 25-year-old revealed that he’d choose to play for local club King’s Lynn FC, who play in the sixth tier of English football.

“If I was a football player, the place I’d start my career at would be King’s Lynn FC,” Russell said.

After discovering that Russell would’ve chosen a career at King’s Lynn FC, the team cheekily offered the Briton a trial.

“You are more than welcome to come down and try out,” the team wrote on Twitter.

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Whether Russell ever accepts the club’s offer remains to be seen; however, his focus will have likely switched to this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix.

Russell is targeting back-to-back podiums in Montreal after finishing third at the Spanish Grand Prix, following an excellent recovery drive from 12th on the grid.

A podium at the Circuit de Gilles-Villeneuve is likely going to be a big ask for Russell and Mercedes in general, given that the Silver Arrows are expected to struggle.

The low-speed corners at the Canadian circuit will work against the W14, whereas the recent Spanish GP was a venue which worked to the car’s strengths.

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However, Mercedes’ new concept might surprise the Brackley-based team, with the side still in the early stages of understanding its strengths and weaknesses.

Russell will presumably be targeting a Q3 appearance at the very least, given that he failed to get out of Q2 in Barcelona.

With so many teams being close together, this could prove to be very challenging, especially as rain is forecasted for Saturday afternoon.