How Russell left Mercedes with little real choice over his F1 promotion
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How Russell left Mercedes with little real choice over his F1 promotion

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OPINION: George Russell has got the Mercedes promotion he has long desired. Here’s how and why Formula 1’s leading team has decided to give him a shot as Lewis Hamilton’s team-mate from 2022 and just maybe the chance to lead its future championship charges

“Brave, but sensible. Quick, calm – just a really good, professional, brilliant lap.”

That’s how Williams’ head of vehicle performance, Dave Robson, summed up George Russell’s sensational lap to qualify second for the 2021 Belgian Grand Prix. Russell’s against-the-clock, wet-weather heroics would of course go to seal his first F1 career podium in the controversial abandoned race that followed.

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