As ‘hungry’ teams try to shake Mercedes debut, George Russell makes an ominous statement.
GEORGE RUSSELL makes a statement before his Mercedes debut.
George Russell admits there is no room for error heading into the 2019 season, with plenty of competition threatening to derail his Mercedes debut in 2022 as the Briton makes the jump from Williams.
Russell will compete in his first full season with Mercedes, despite having a taste of the experience at the Sakhir Grand Prix at the end of the 2020 season.
Russell impressed while filling in for the Covid-injured Hamilton in Bahrain, and he came close to winning on his debut if not for a botched pit stop and a puncture.
In 2021, the 23-year-old had a successful season with Williams, scoring his first points for the team in Hungary.
Meanwhile, Red Bull put up a strong fight, with Max Verstappen defeating the seven-time world champion to win the race.
Despite winning the Constructors’ Championship, Russell believes that other teams could cause a surprise.
“A team like Ferrari, which has had a difficult two years, will be so hungry to come back fighting, especially with the new rule changes,” Russell predicted.
“It’s the same thing with McLaren.”
These teams have the infrastructure, as well as the talent in the engineering departments and among the drivers, to truly compete.”
Since winning the BRDC British Formula 4 championship in 2014, Russell has been linked to Mercedes.
The young British driver approached Mercedes boss Toto Wolff, who quickly took him under his wing and helped him win both the GP3 and Formula 2 championships.
Wolff then oversaw his move to Williams, where the Mercedes junior driver spent three years before being promoted to the top of the team.
“I truly believe there are probably five teams all capable of really doing something special next year,” Russell said, looking ahead to his first full season with the eight-time world champions.
“I believe that next year’s development will be crucial.
It won’t come down to who has the fastest race, or who has the best test in Barcelona, or who has the best race in Bahrain.
“It’s whoever can master their car’s fundamentals and continue to develop and build on them throughout the year.”
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