What Hamilton’s 1-Year Deal Could Mean for George Russell at Mercedes

Published 02/08/2021, 9:00 AM EST
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)


George Russell is waiting in line for the throne at Mercedes. Hamilton is entering a ninth season with his team, but his demands were outrageous, hence giving hope to Russell to replace him, not to mention the star performance he displayed in Bahrain.

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However, just today the Brackley team announced they would continue their partnership with the Knight for the upcoming Formula One 2021 season and are on the chase for the eighth titles.

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Russell has got the ability

He also made sure that the lackluster car of Williams got out of qualifying one and into qualifying 2. This saw him heavily outclass his teammate, Nicholas Latifi, last season.

Russell was called to drive the Mercedes car for the Sakhir Grand Prix late this season, as their key driver, Hamilton, had contracted COVID-19. This gave the F2 World Champion a shot to prove himself that is capable of a drive at the top team.

BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN – DECEMBER 05: 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)

However, luck was not at the young British driver’s side has botched pit stop and a puncture saw him miss out on a potential win or a podium. Russell finished 9th in the race but scored his first points for the season.

Mercedes team boss, Toto Wolff said, “It is not going to be his last attempt to win a race. It is just the beginning of a fairytale that didn’t work out today, but I would say that a new star is born.”

Patience is key

George Russell might not behind the wheel of a Mercedes for the upcoming season, however, reports suggest that Lewis has just signed a one-year contract with the team.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: ART Grand Prix Formula 2 driver George Russell of Great Britain and Williams F1 and Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP talk in the Drivers Press Conference during previews ahead of the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit on November 22, 2018 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

This gives the possibility that Russell could be the top candidate for when that seat is vacant in 2022. Russell needs to fully prepared to push himself and the Williams car to prove that he is worthy of the keys for that Mercedes drive.

Time will test the junior Mercedes driver, to see if has what it takes to constantly prove himself on the F1 track. Do you think Russell would be a success at Mercedes? Share your thoughts with us.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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