After a wonderful year in his first participation as a Mercedes driver, George Russell Formula 1 appears to be experiencing a transitional season, given that the results have not been as good as they were in 2022. This has led many specialists from the ‘big circus’ to question the Englishman’s skills behind the wheel.
It is worth remembering that George Russell He was recalled by Mercedes when the Briton was a man at Williams to replace Valtteri Bottas at the end of 2021, with the aim of the guy He takes over the team’s leadership when Lewis Hamilton withdraws from this category, a situation that seems unlikely to happen. This caused friction to begin between the drivers within the team.
Against this background, the former director of Williams and Ferrari in the United Kingdom, Peter Windsor, revealed during the past hours how the car arrived. English To Mercedes: “The point is that it also has to be seen in the context of Lewis constantly asking Toto to stay with Valtteri, ‘He’s absolutely the right guy,’ and Toto saying: ‘No, no, no, we have to get the next generation. “George is the next generation and the fastest.”
The former Maranello coach added: “If you have Lewis, you don’t really need George. If you have George, you don’t need Lewis. It’s an unbalanced team, it always has been and it always will be, and that’s the problem. If you have Max, you don’t need George in the car The other one, you need Perez. “That’s why Red Bull is so good, one of the reasons it’s so good.”
From Mercedes, they expected that George Russell He was the outstanding driver of the 2023 Formula 1 season, not necessarily that he became champion of this category, but that he achieved more victories and competed on equal terms with Max Verstappen.
On this subject, Pete Windsor was clear in his thinking when he said: “That’s why everyone is saying that now. I think it’s unfair to say that George is not a member of Formula 1 or that he is not a potential world champion.” Of course he is, but he is a different driver. Exactly about Lewis: he is very, very fast.”