The challenge Russell shares with a Mercedes F1 legend
OPINION: Lewis Hamilton and George Russell are set to engage in one of the most hotly anticipated intra-team battles of the upcoming Formula 1 season. One is already a Mercedes legend, while the Silver Arrows hopes the other will soon become another. But there’s another British F1 hero who shares a similar story to Russell right now
Mercedes is Formula 1’s third most successful team in terms of race wins. It reaches that placing despite having only run 12 drivers in world championship races. That's significant proof of just how intensely successful the manufacturer has been in the two periods it has entered F1 as a works operation – to say nothing of its ultra-successful stints in pre-Second World War grand prix racing and as an engine supplier.
Of those 12 aces, three have been British (including newcomer George Russell’s 2020 one-off). That’s a considerable chunk – while another Briton, Dick Seaman, must be added to the list of British drivers that achieved Silver Arrows success. That moniker returns to action in 2022, with the W13 taking Mercedes’ traditional colours. The all-black livery the team used for the last two years has been removed – its point tremendously well made.
Winner of 13 grands prix including Monaco and survivor of a life-changing plane crash, David Coulthard could be forgiven for having eased into a quiet retirement – but, as MARK GALLAGHER explains, in fact he’s busier than ever, running an award-winning media company and championing diversity in motor racing. Not bad for someone who, by his own admission, wasn’t quite the fastest driver of his generation…
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He’s fast, he’s smart, and he’s already shown he’s not going to let Max Verstappen intimidate him. George Russell won’t say it, but LUKE SMITH says he’s ready to take the lead at Mercedes when Lewis Hamilton moves on to a quieter life. And – whisper it – Mercedes and Lewis are starting to think so too
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