“As Long as Lewis Hamilton is driving at Mercedes, George Russell Will Not Drive There”

With Hungary set as the next chapter in the 2021 Formula 1 competition, Giedo van der Garde doesn't think Russell will get a seat at Mercedes until Lewis Hamilton exists.

George Russell, Lewis Hamilton
George Russell, Lewis Hamilton

Over the past few months George Russell taking over the seat of Valtteri Bottas at Mercedes has been all that is being speculated in the formula 1 world. With the seven time World Champion, Lewis Hamilton regarding his current teammate, Bottas as his best side-kick ever, it seems weird how the British ace will change his approach with a new driver alongside him.  

Although the Finn driver has been constantly improving race after race and now has been working his way up to the team goal. Yet many pundits feel he is far from his best as he has not managed to register any wins against his name in the entire 2021 season so far. This season, however, Bottas’ performance has again disappointed and the media often mentions the name of George Russell when talking about his successor. Russell is doing well at Williams and seems to have the talent to perform at Mercedes. 

Giedo van der Garde on Lewis Hamilton not pairing up with George Russell in 2022 yet

George Russell PA8 - FirstSportz
George Russell

Giedo van der Garde doesn’t think Russell will go to the German racing stable, he told Formula 1 Café on Ziggo Sport“I’m not convinced. As long as Hamilton is driving at Mercedes, he’s not going to come there.” 

It would mean that Russell will not be driving at a top team next season either. The analyst expects little to change about the Englishman’s situation. “He’ll just stay at Williams.”

Lewis Hamilton on Valtteri Bottas
Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas

With Red Bull already doing their bit to maintain the lead by an inch after the British Grand Prix, it all comes down to the Hungarian Grand Prix. Will we see the championship change hands? Or will Max Verstappen be able to make a significant comeback after Hamilton made him realize that he would not back down from any aggression.

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