George Russell admires Mercedes’ loyalty to Valtteri Bottas

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George Russell says what he admires from Mercedes and team boss Toto Wolff is “how loyal they are to their own”.

While a team like Red Bull has dropped two of their drivers due to perceived inadequate performances (sometimes even in the middle of a season), Mercedes has remained loyal to Valtteri Bottas even when the media speculated he could be let go before his contract is up.

Ahead of his first full season as a Mercedes driver George Russell said he admires the loyalty the team has shown.

“What I admire so much from Mercedes and Toto is how loyal they are to their own,” the Briton said while appearing on Motor Sport Magazine’s podcast.

“Valtteri has been such a key figure, and key driver for them to help them achieve all of these World Championships along the way.

“There’s a lot of people [who] can say some negative things, or [him] being off the pace of Lewis Hamilton.

“But he’s been an incredibly important part to all of that success, and they want to reward that loyalty.

“And maybe if he went through one or two bad races throughout last year, they’re not just going to get the axe out and say, ‘Thank you very much, and see you later’.

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“Because that’s not how they do things. They give people the full opportunity, and the full chance. I’m a 23-year-old. From their side, there’s no need to rush. We’ve got the whole future ahead.”

“If I work hard, Mercedes will reward me with that loyalty.”

Russell says this loyalty is helping the whole team perform at their best.

“I guess that loyalty brings faith to me as a driver, equally to the 2000 employees that Mercedes have between Brackley and Brixworth.

“If I work hard and I perform the goods, they are going to reward me with that loyalty, and I don’t have to have any concerns about my job or my future. You probably go ahead and perform even better.

“So I guess that’s what I really admire from those guys, and they certainly do things quite different to other teams down the grid. So I’ve got to be very grateful and thankful to have Toto as [my] boss, I’m sure.

“That loyalty that he’s shown Valtteri, if I perform, he’ll show to me and everybody else in the team when they do a good job,” George concluded.

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