Like the roundly-criticised Sebastian Vettel, Valtteri Bottas has also denied feeling the pressure in 2019.
After a disappointing 2018 season, the Mercedes driver emerged from the winter with a new attitude and a new beard.
Russell, who currently drives for Williams, will test for Mercedes in Bahrain this week.
"I can guarantee that this year I don't feel the pressure at all," he said.
"Really, zero pressure. For my seat, I would say it's normal that everyone aspires to have it -- I did for myself. It's common to get to F1 and then want to have the best place possible."
After a lucky second place in Bahrain, Bottas still leads the world championship but La Gazzetta dello Sport gave him a score of just 5 out of 10 for the second round of the season.
"After Australia, he returned to being the shy Finn with the invisible driving and a humiliating gap to Hamilton," the influential sports daily declared.
Bottas, though, says the season is young.
"It is a long world championship and we are only at the second race. For now it's ok," he said. "We start all over again, race by race."