Red Bull is urging Mercedes to give George Russell a chance, claiming that he is “clearly ready.”
Mercedes has been encouraged by Red Bull to give George Russell a chance.
Christian Horner of Red Bull has told Mercedes that he believes George Russell has “done his apprenticeship” and is ready for his shot. Despite starting at the back of the race, the 23-year-old British driver has consistently impressed during his three seasons with Williams.
Russell, on the other hand, has previously driven for Mercedes.
Russell was called up after seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton was pulled out of the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix after testing positive for COVID-19. Russell impressed in such a short amount of time.
Nothing has been confirmed yet, but Russell appears to be a shoe-in to race alongside Hamilton next season, displacing current Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas.
“If George was on the open market, I think a lot of teams would want to snap him up,” Horner told Sky Sports F1.
“He’s a fantastic young talent, but he’s signed to Mercedes, and I’m sure they have a strategy in place for him.
“He’ll be chomping at the bit to get his chance now,” says the narrator. I believe he has completed his apprenticeship and is now ready to take the next stage.
“You’d be dumb not to glance at him, but I don’t believe that’s the case due to his Mercedes agreement.
“However, he urgently requires that chance and opportunity, and Toto should provide it. Lewis and George would form a formidable duo, which would be beneficial to British motorsport.
“He’s completed his apprenticeship.”
“Checo is doing a terrific job and doing exactly what we expected from him,” Horner said when questioned about Red Bull’s future next season, with Sergio Perez’s place alongside Max Verstappen still up in the air. He has a podium finish, a race win, and is now third in the World Championship.
“He’s doing an excellent job, but we’re still not halfway through the Championship. But I believe that everyone on the team is satisfied with what he is doing and his position as a team player.”
Those waiting for confirmation that Russell will complete the switch this weekend at Silverstone will be disappointed.
“I signed with Mercedes five or six years ago now, it is 100 percent true, as everyone knows they look after,” Russell said on the F1 Nation podcast.