Russell Admits to Mega Hamilton & Verstappen Doubts at Williams F1

Published 08/28/2021, 7:54 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – August 1, 2021 Williams’ George Russell before the race Pool via REUTERS/Florion Goga


George Russell, who is part of the Mercedes junior driver’s program, has been immensely impressive since he joined the Williams back in 2019. In his debut season, the 23-year-old qualified his much-experienced teammate, Robert Kubica, at all 21 Grand Prix weekends. And he has been repeating this feat against his new teammate Nicholas Latifi since 2020.

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Russell made heads turn when he replaced Lewis Hamilton at the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix after the latter had tested positive for the coronavirus. Russell qualified at P2 after narrowly losing out on pole to teammate Valtteri Bottas.

Russel looked poised to win the race until he got involved in a botched pit stop; eventually, the young Brit finished the race at P9 and secured his very first F1 points.

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Meanwhile, George Russell doubts if the seven-time world champion, Lewis Hamilton, or this year title contender, Max Verstappen, would have done a better job if they were in an uncompetitive car like Williams.

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What did George Russell say?

As quoted by The Ringer, when asked about the opportunity he received to drive Mercedes back in 2020 during the Sakhir Grand Prix, George Russell replied: “It was just refreshing to know, in my mind, that given the opportunity, I could do it.”

“When we have a good weekend and we qualify 11th and finish 12th, there’s always that small doubt… Could Hamilton or Verstappen have done a better job if they were in the Williams?”

BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN – George Russell of Great Britain and Mercedes GP prepares to drive on the grid before the F1 Grand Prix of Sakhir at Bahrain International Circuit in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images)

“Getting that opportunity in the Mercedes made me believe that actually when I believe I’ve done a good job then we probably have done a good job,” added Russell.

I’d be so excited if I stay at Williams next year: Russell

George Russell has been heavily linked with a move to Mercedes next season to replace Valtteri Bottas. The Finnish driver is underfire at Mercedes this season as he could only secure one pole and failed to register a single win. On the other hand, Russell had ended his points drought for the Wantage-based team at Budapest.

Although, Mercedes team principal, Toto Wolff previously told that he will decide regarding the second seat in the summer break. However, after the long vacations, Wolff joked he might wait until winter to make a final decision. Meanwhile, George Russell reveals he’d be excited if he stays at Williams next season.

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“If next year I’m sat here in a Williams car, I’d be so excited to continue this journey, because I really think Williams are going to be a force to be reckoned with in the future,” said George Russell.

BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN – Second place qualifier George Russell of Great Britain and Mercedes GP looks on in parc ferme during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Sakhir at Bahrain International Circuit in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Dan Istitene – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

“If not, I’ll be incredibly proud to know that I’ve helped push this team back up the grid.”

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Can we witness George Russell partnering up with the seven-time world champion, Lewis Hamilton, at Mercedes next year? What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Pingaksh Sharma

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Pingaksh Sharma is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been following this sport since India hosted the Grand Prix in 2012 and has been an ardent supporter of the eventual race winner, Sebastian Vettel. He is also a fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull and hopes the former breaks the Lewis Hamilton dominance.

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