Rosberg Reveals the Early Dilemma For George Russell in Lewis Hamilton F1 Battle at Mercedes

Published 09/09/2021, 10:50 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 is official! George Russell will be a Mercedes driver for the 2022 season. After endless months of speculation, the German team went with the young Brit over Bottas. Russell will partner 7-time world champion Lewis Hamilton from the next season. But former Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg believes Russell might face early hurdles in his Mercedes career.


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The 2016 world champion mentioned although the Williams driver will have nothing to lose against Hamilton. He might take a few races to adjust to his new car on the track.

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Former Mercedes driver points out the early dilemma for Russell in Mercedes

As reported by planetf1, Rosberg stated George might face some early dilemma while going wheel-to-wheel against Lewis Hamilton. But he mentioned despite the dilemma, Russell has to battle the 7-time world champion on the track.

“The challenge for George is also in that first wheel-to-wheel battle. Does he yield or does he stick in there?” said Rosberg.

Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg (left) shakes hands with Lewis Hamilton as he celebrates winning the Formula One world championship during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi. (Photo by David Davies/PA Images via Getty Images)

“That’s so difficult because if he sticks in there and [a collision] is entirely his fault, that would be a disastrous start to his time at Mercedes.

But if he sticks in there and it’s not his fault and more Lewis’ fault, it would be a giant boost for the confidence and to really calm Lewis, so it’s such a difficult one to manage.” said the former World Champion.


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He has nothing to lose and everything to gain against Lewis Hamilton: Nico Rosberg

Rosberg confessed that signing George to partner Lewis for the next season is the right call for Mercedes. He mentioned that this is nothing to lose scenario for the young Brit going against arguably the greatest of all time.

“The positive [for Russell] is he has nothing to lose and everything to gain because you’re up against the best of all time,” stated the German.


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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

“Nobody expects you to destroy him, but if you manage to, you’ll be the absolute biggest hero of all time. That’s what makes it so difficult for Lewis because he’s got this young gun who’s never won anything coming in, so Lewis can only lose, actually.

He’s the greatest, and imagine this young gun starts to beat him… that’s a really uncomfortable situation to be in.” concluded Nico.


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Russell will hope to outperform Hamilton in his first season at the team to stamp his authority in the team.

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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.