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George Russell, Mercedes-AMG, 3rd position, and Sir Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG, 2nd position, congratulate each other in Parc Ferme
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How Hamilton's Ferrari deal makes Russell's F1 2024 harder

OPINION: Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff has already openly endorsed George Russell to lead the team once Lewis Hamilton departs for Ferrari in 2025. But that doesn’t change the fact that the coming 2024 campaign is filled with pressure for Mercedes’ most recent Formula 1 race winner, something that has actually increased after his team-mate’s departure decision

“[In] all the Lewis discussion, something that has not been talked about enough is George. George has the potential to be the next lead driver in the team. He's of the generation of Lando and Leclerc and some of the others. I couldn't wish for a new team leader when Lewis leaves. No doubt about that.

“We've such a solid foundation, such a quick and talented and intelligent guy in a car that we just need to take the right choice for the second driver, the second seat.”

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