The dividing line between hero and zero can be breached within the blink of an eye in Formula 1. Just ask George Russell. For most of Sunday afternoon at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Russell had again looked like a man on the verge of something heroic.
Having arrived at Imola putting to bed rumours about his future by confirming with team management that he would indeed be kept on, the young Briton had found himself on the receiving end of some open praise from two-time champion Fernando Alonso.
Speaking about the young drivers, Alonso had told Sky F1: "From all of them, George Russell is the one that surprises me every weekend, how he's driving the Williams [with] zero mistakes. I'm really surprised about his natural speed. So if I have to say one name, Russell for the future is going to be my pick."