Rosberg Believes This Is the Major Dilemma for Mercedes F1 in Choosing Bottas or Russell

Published 07/24/2021, 10:37 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Sakhir Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas and George Russell in action during qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Giuseppe Cacace


It is a widely known fact that there is a huge question mark over the Mercedes’ second seat for next year. While many believe that the team have firmly decided to let Valterri Bottas go and bring in George Russell, others believe that the Finn’s driving and attitude have forced the team into a dilemma. And former Mercedes’ driver, Nico Rosberg, belongs to the latter.

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Obviously, both drivers have their own pros and cons. Bottas has driven well behind the wheel of the Silver Arrows and has also been a team player in the team’s bid to take Lewis Hamilton to the championship, as is evident from the team orders the Finn has obeyed. However, he has failed to make an impact in recent times and hasn’t contributed to Mercedes’ charge for the constructors’ title either.

Russell, on the other hand, is all but accepted as a future world champion, as proved by his marvelous drive in Sakhir last year, stepping in for a COVID-positive Hamilton. Despite having negligible experience with the car, he outperformed Bottas and came agonizingly close to winning the race.

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“Tricky” decision for Mercedes: Nico Rosberg

As reported by Express, the former Mercedes driver stated that the decision is tricky for Toto Wolff as both drivers are driving really well.

“It’s a difficult one because Bottas is driving well and in essence would deserve to stay there,” said Rosberg.

SHANGHAI, CHINA – APRIL 10: Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP speaks with Mercedes GP Executive Director Toto Wolff during practice for the Formula One Grand Prix of China at Shanghai International Circuit on April 10, 2015, in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

“But at the same time, George Russell is a rising star of the future is performing incredibly well with a car that wouldn’t deserve to be in the third qualifying all the time. So he’s doing incredibly driving incredibly well, so also he would deserve the Mercedes seat.

“So it’s a tough decision and I don’t think they even know what way they’re going to go yet, so let’s see what they decided,” said the former world champion.

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If you perform well on track, nothing to worry about: George Russell

With Mercedes having discussions about the seat, George Russell is only making his case stronger every week. He is putting on stellar performances every weekend, taking the lackluster car into Q3 and outperforming his teammate.

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The Williams driver has mentioned that he is enjoying all the attention and the interest shown by the media.

“I guess I thrive off it, to be honest, and you just got to turn into positivity, really,” said Russell.

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 16, 2021 Williams’ George Russell after finishing eight in the sprint race qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron

“Ultimately, all of the talks are generally positive that is being spoken about in the media, so that makes things slightly easier. But I just think to myself, just go out there and if I perform on the track, there’s nothing to worry about,” said Russell.

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It is surely a big decision for Mercedes. But let’s hear it from you. Who would you choose as Lewis Hamilton’s teammate next season – Russell or Bottas?

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sport Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been a ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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