Rosberg Predicts Ugly Mess at Mercedes F1 If They Choose This Driver to Partner Hamilton

Published 09/02/2021, 7:10 AM EDT
21 July 2018, Germany, Hockenheim: Motorsports: Formula-One-Championships, Grand Prix in Germany. Formerly a Formula One driver himself, Nico Rosberg is now an commentator on Sky Sports. Photo: Uli Deck/dpa (Photo by Uli Deck/picture alliance via Getty Images)


It looks likely that George Russell will join Mercedes for the 2022 season. Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff hinted at the Belgian Grand Prix that he has decided between Russell and Bottas for the next season and will announce soon. Former world champion Nico Rosberg believes if Mercedes goes with Russell, it may get heated between him and Hamilton.

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Russell has impressed everyone with his performances in F1 this season. His P2 in Spa was just another proof of his unbelievable talent. Rosberg mentioned that there might be some high tensions in the German team with the arrival of the young Brit.

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Former world champion predicts a heated battle between Hamilton and Russell

As reported by Motorsport.com, the 2016 world champion believes that he is not sure how the pairing of George and Lewis gel in the 2022 season if Mercedes pick the Williams driver. He stated it would be an extreme change for Russell if he switches to Mercedes.

“Yes, if they do take George, then the battle internally at Mercedes would be different, and potentially more heated. If one day he would drive next to Lewis, then it’s impossible to predict how he would act in such a situation,” said Nico.

Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 28, 2021, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Williams’ George Russell celebrate after finishing third and second in qualifying Pool via REUTERS/John Thys

It’s an extreme, it’s completely extremes. Suddenly you’re in a race-winning car every weekend, you’re fighting against the best of all time, who has been there for like the last eight years.

It’s an extreme situation. So it really depends from one driver to the other who you would deal with that as a teammate.” said Rosberg.

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Whether it’s Valtteri or George, both of them deserve that seat: Nico Rosberg

Rosberg mentioned that the problem for the German team is that both Valtteri and George deserve the seat. But mentioned if they continue with Finn, that would an easy choice.

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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 in April 10, 2015, in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Whether it’s Valtteri or George, both of them deserve that seat. Valtteri has been really doing a good job in that Mercedes car. Of course, things haven’t gone his way this year, but in general, he’s done the job that Mercedes requires.” said Rosberg on Bottas’ performance at Mercedes.

“Let’s see what they decide. Valtteri would be the easier decision because you know what you have. George is maybe a little more exciting decision. Let’s see what they come up with.” concluded the former Mercedes driver.

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It is reported that Toto will make an announcement regarding the drivers at the Italian Grand Prix next week.

Can George challenge Lewis in a mere next season? Let us know.

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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 Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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