Mercedes and Russell and new era is beginning.

George Russell has finally moved to Mercedes ending the “will he won’t he” discussions that have been around the paddock for most of the season.

Russell’s move to Mercedes is just rewards for a young driver that is ready to show what he can do in a front running car.

He has done wonders for Williams and his own reputation over the last three years. Pushing the Williams cars to the limit and sometimes beyond.

At this point in his career he has never been out qualified by a team mate, however he has been beaten in the points by Robert Kubica (due to disqualifications at the hectic 2019 German GP)

He has proven his worth and is ready for the big time. What will a full time drive mean for the young British driver?

To begin with it will be a different type of pressure, George can not and will not hide behind the weaknesses of the car.

If he qualifies in around the bottom half of the top ten it would be classed as a poor performance, up untill now he has

George Russell has finally moved to Mercedes ending the will he won’t he discussions that have been around the paddock for most of the season.

Russell’s move to Mercedes is just rewards for a young driver that is ready to show what he can do in a front running car. He has done wonders for Williams and his own reputation over the last three years. Pushing the Williams cars to the limit and sometimes beyond.

At this point in his career he has never been out qualified by a team mate, however he has been beaten in the points by Robert Kubica (due to disqualifications at the hectic 2019 German GP)

He has proven his worth and is ready for the big time.

What will a full time drive mean for the young British driver?

Well for a start it will be a different view (hopefully) at the start of the race, potentially with no one infront of him or maybe 1 or 2 cars.

It will be a different type of pressure, George can not and will not hide behind the weaknesses of the car.

If he qualifies in around the bottom half of the top ten it would be classed as a poor performance, up untill now he has not had this level of expectation.

For a while, just getting close to Q2 was seen as an achievement, this season has shown that the Williams has improved to a point where it is regularly fighting to get into Q2 and on occasions sniffing around the Q1 places. (2nd at Spa anyone?). This is not the expectation for Russell and Mercedes, he has been given his opportunity to show exactly what he is made of. George Russell needs to be at the front and needs to be pushing Hamilton all the way.

The new dynamic within the Mercedes team will be interesting, with Russell and Hamilton in the garage it will be clear that George is not Bottas and will want to take the fight to his established teammate, one way to establish your credentials within Formula 1 would be to beat one of the most successful drivers of this generation.


Mercedes will have to allow them to battle, George is not a number 2 and should be given the opportunity to fight for the title.

George will need to be on pace with Lewis from day one


I’m not saying that Russell should be given a free reign, if one of the drivers were pretty much out of a title race or that a race situation should dictate a clear team call then that’s to be expected, however Mercedes and Lewis shouldn’t be expecting to be using Russell to be the wingman from race one.


George Russell will have his own pressure to contend with, mistakes are going to be analysed to the ends of the earth, in a team like Williams things can be overlooked, dismissed as a car issue this won’t be happening at Mercedes, if George were to lose out on pole due to locking up heading into a corner, it’s on him and the Formula 1 paddock will let him know.

During his Williams tenure he has always looked assured and calm, taking responsibility and saying all the right things, we can only assume that this will continue to be the case. However no-one knows how to handle pressure untill you are faced with it.

One thing is for certain George Russell has been given his opportunity, the time is now, the time is George.