This is a Huge Year for George Russell – How Far Can He Go?

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After an impressive three seasons at Williams Racing, George Russell has joined up with the reigning Constructors Champions, Mercedes, for the 2022 season.

He replaces Valterri Bottas, who Toto Wolff described as an “exceptional wingman” for Lewis Hamilton in the five years they partnered with each other.

But Russell will be aiming to be more than a backup to his new teammate and look to showcase some of the incredible performances he had in a Williams car for a number of years.

Behind the wheel of a Mercedes, Red Bull boss Christian Horner believes the 24-year-old will get ‘stuck in’ and backs him to push Hamilton this season.

In an interview with SunSport, Horner said: “George is a really talented guy, he’s very quick and I don’t think he will be a subservient second driver. He will get stuck in.

“It’s great that we have so much talent in the sport with Verstappen, Russell, Lando Norris, Charles Leclerc, Carlos Sainz, and, of course, Hamilton still at the top of his game.”

Credit: Sky Sports – New Mercedes teammates Lewis Hamilton and George Russell are set to push each other to the limits in 2022.

And with all the talent Horner mentions up and down the grid, it is probably unfair to expect Russell to go as far as winning the 2022 World Championship.
The Englishman is clearly a talented driver and will rack up more than the one podium finish he currently has to his name over the course of the upcoming season, but to expect him to knock off the likes of Hamilton and Verstappen is probably premature.

But Russell has proven his ability in a Mercedes car before in 2020 when he was drafted in for Lewis Hamilton who had to withdraw from the Bahrain GP.

In qualifying, he narrowly missed out to pole position, finishing in second place behind Bottas who qualified an incredible 26 milliseconds ahead of him.

And his race was cruelly affected when, despite leading the race for the majority, he was forced into pitting twice in two laps after the Mercedes mechanics fitted the wrong tires on his car.

Russell went on to finish 9th in the race, claiming the first points of his career in doing so, and was praised by the Mercedes team for his performance despite missing out on the Grand Prix victory.

Russell was left ‘gutted’ after his Bahrain GP collapse.

2022 will be a huge year for George Russell. We know he has the talent, but now it’s time to see if, or how far, he can push the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen in their hunt for the World Championship.
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