Reviews Ralf Schumacher: Why Mercedes should let George Russell drive

18:50  01 december  2020
18:50  01 december  2020 Source:   de.motorsport.com

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George Russell has recently just been confirmed for 2021 with Williams alongside Nicholas Latifi but many have tipped him to be a future F1 World Champion. Really hoping either via Williams or another drive , Russell gets the next opportunity to compete Give George a go. He would be as quick as Valtteri and could even be quicker. Let him learn from Mercedes should sign in Russel and Albon

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The former Formula 1 winning driver Ralf Schumacher would nominate the current Williams driver George Russell as a replacement for Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton is left out after his positive Corona test. So the big question is who will represent the Formula 1 world champion in the Mercedes cockpit in Bahrain this weekend. For Ralf Schumacher, the answer is obvious: the former Grand Prix driver would put the current Williams driver George Russell in the car.

"I type and hope it will be George Russell," said Schumacher on 'Sky' . Reason: "He knows the car and is also a test driver at Mercedes. He is absolutely in the juice, has experience, knows the track. He could sit down now, and since he is also a driver supervised by Toto Wolff, that would be a scenario. "

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Russell insists driving for a non- Mercedes -powered team is not completely off the agenda, but it seems Williams, which is set to lose Stroll to Force India, is Russell 's best bet. George Russell has been a part of Mercedes ' young driver scheme since 2016. Steve Etherington/ Mercedes .

George Russell improved late in the day to set the fastest time of Formula 1 testing in Bahrain, driving for Mercedes instead of his 2019 race team Williams. Schumacher only completed 70 laps, though, on his way to setting the sixth-fastest time – a 1m29.998s. That was the lowest tally of any driver who

As an active Formula 1 driver, Russell even had podium chances with the Mercedes W11, says Schumacher and says: "George Russell is certainly one of the most talented drivers in the field. Unfortunately in a car where he can't show that, but his qualifying alone -Balance towards the teammates! "

praise for Russell and his Williams appearances

In fact, Russell has not suffered a qualifying defeat against his teammates since joining Formula 1 in the 2019 season. He defeated Robert Kubica in 2019 just as he did before in 2020 Nicholas Latifi.

Russell always knows how to set highlights with inferior material, says Schumacher. "What he gets out of the Williams sometimes is great."

That's one of the reasons why he would give Russell the Mercedes opportunity. "You don't have much to lose at Williams," explains Schumacher. "Maybe there's a deal like that, motor for a race for free. I don't know. Or Williams can sell the cockpit and put someone else in. That would of course be a great opportunity for Russell."

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Mercedes cockpit doesn't have to be a sure-fire success

But a place at Mercedes doesn't have to be a sure-fire success, according to Schumacher. "I don't think that you just sit in a Mercedes and drive up front."

George Russell © Provided by motorsport.com George Russell

George Russell's current company car, the Williams-Mercedes FW43

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"When you see the last two races, Bottas was a shadow of himself. In Istanbul is it was lapped. In Bahrain it was again much too slow. It's not without it. "

This is precisely why the second Grand Prix in Bahrain will be so interesting, "how good the Mercedes is when Lewis Hamilton is not in it," says Schumacher. "I suspect it will show that Lewis Hamilton is worth every dollar." And as is well known, Hamilton has not yet signed a contract beyond 2020.

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Schumacher does not believe in Hülkenberg as a replacement

Nico Hülkenberg, who has already jumped in several times at Racing Point this year, for Sergio Perez and also for Lance Stroll, is also without a contract. But Schumacher does not believe that Hülkenberg drives for Mercedes in Bahrain.

"I think Mercedes will be looking for someone who can get in the car and who is experienced and quick from the start. I also can't imagine taking the substitute driver [Stoffel Vandoorne or Esteban Gutierrez] that you have . "

"I'm a bit surprised anyway that the substitute drivers are not really taken these days." And Schumacher has to smile. In fact, Racing Point, for example, did not use the designated substitute drivers: The team could have used Vandoorne or Gutierrez under a Mercedes contract, but they preferred to bring in Hülkenberg.

With images from LAT.

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