F1’s Ross Brawn backs George Russell for a 2022 Mercedes seat

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Formula 1 managing director Ross Brawn says “there is only one decision for Mercedes next year with regards the second seat”.

In his Formula1.com column Ross Brawn talked about George Russell’s amazing performance in Belgian Grand Prix Qualifying, and backed the young Briton for a 2022 Mercedes seat.

“We all know George Russell has a fantastic talent,” Brawn wrote.

“We have seen it a lot at Williams, and we saw it amplified at Mercedes, when he stood in for Lewis Hamilton at the Sakhir Grand Prix last year.


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“George’s performance reminded me a lot of Fernando Alonso when he drove at a wet Spa for Minardi in 2001.

“He was mighty impressive in a car that clearly was not up to the job. In those conditions, the ratio of driver to car changes – and we saw that with George on Saturday.

“He doesn’t have a front row car but in those tricky conditions in qualifying, he trounced people with far better cars than he had.

“In my view, there is only one decision for Mercedes next year with regards the second seat,” concluded the Briton.

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