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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.