How Russell sees his place in the Mercedes-Hamilton F1 superteam
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How Russell sees his place in the Mercedes-Hamilton F1 superteam

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George Russell joining Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes this year gives it arguably the best line-up in Formula 1 – if it can avoid too many fireworks. After serving his apprenticeship at Williams, Russell is the man that Mercedes team believes can lead it in the post-Hamilton era, but how will he fare against the seven-time champion? Autosport heard from the man himself

Sorry, Ferrari, but the mantle of having the best driver line-up in Formula 1 may well be about to slip. That’s after just one season of the Charles Leclerc/Carlos Sainz Jr pairing. And that’s because one of the championship’s ‘superteams’ just got a few more powers. 

There’s still the rest of the off-season to go before it becomes known how the reigning constructors’ champion has coped with the second major rules reset to come its way since mastery of the V6 hybrid switch catapulted Mercedes into heading F1’s pecking order. But, on paper at least, the second change to its driver line-up since 2014 – and the first one it has decided to do all by itself considering the circumstances of Nico Rosberg’s post-title retirement five years ago – provides a big boost. Because, alongside statistically F1’s greatest ever racer, Mercedes now has the driver it considers to be the next Lewis Hamilton primed to race alongside the real one.  

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