If George Russell is given the chance to drive for Mercedes, he swears to be Lewis Hamilton’s Sergio Perez.

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If George Russell is given the chance to drive for Mercedes, he swears to be Lewis Hamilton’s Sergio Perez.

If George Russell joined with Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes, he believes he would benefit from driving without pressure.

Because all the burden would be on his teammate Lewis Hamilton to deliver the Drivers’ Championship, George Russell feels he can be as productive for Mercedes as Sergio Perez has been for Red Bull recently.

After nine races, Mercedes is in last place in both the driver and team standings, with Max Verstappen 32 points ahead of reigning Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton.

The Dutchman has five race victories to Hamilton’s three, with Perez winning the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Since joining Red Bull, the Mexican has two podium finishes and has only placed lower than fifth once in the last seven races, finishing sixth in Austria last time out.

Valtteri Bottas, who has five podiums this year and placed second in the same race, has two DNFs, putting him 12 points behind Red Bull’s second driver and fifth overall.

The Finn is 90 points behind championship leader Verstappen, owing to his two retirements as well as a string of poor race results.

Russell, who is in the third of three years with Williams and is effectively on loan, is a strong prospect to dethrone Bottas, with his contract expiring in 2022.

Russell has established himself as one of the sport’s top young talents, and has been magnificent in qualifying in particular, despite the fact that he has yet to score a point for Williams.

Russell believes he is ready to step up to Mercedes after performing admirably in place of Hamilton at the Sakhir Grand Prix in Bahrain last season while Hamilton was away with Covid.

He believes that, like Perez with Verstappen, he would be free of pressure and able to properly showcase his abilities if he were to race beside Hamilton.

When questioned about having a seven-time world champion as a teammate, Russell, 23, said, “Everyone wants to go up against the best driver.”

“Everyone believes in themselves, but I’d enjoy that challenge because it would relieve the burden and put me in a win-win situation.

“If I ever had to face one of the best drivers of all time, I’d approach it with that mindset. You have absolutely nothing to lose, which I think is fantastic.

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