George Russell: “Mercedes, Red Bull, and Ferrari will be in the top five”

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George Russell’s future for 2022 and beyond has not yet been sorted, but the young Briton gives his predictions on who will be at the top of the field next year.

Russell is one of two primary candidates for a seat with Mercedes in 2022. He predicts the German team will still remain at the top next year, so it will be good for him if he is chosen.

“Sport is about talent, the talent of the driver, the engineers, the designer,” Russell told Auto Motor und Sport.

“We have seen in the past that teams had huge budgets but made nothing of them. I would say the team with the most talent, the greatest motivation, and the greatest fire will be on top.

“But if a change in regulations turns out to be so blatant, who knows? We saw it in 2009 and 2014. Everything can change.

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“But Mercedes, Red Bull, and Ferrari will be in the top five.”

And it’s no secret, or surprise, that George is hoping to land a Mercedes seat next year.

“I do feel ready to fight for world championships and win races. I would have loved to come into Formula 1 and be fighting for victories from my very first race.

“Perhaps I’ll look back in 10 or 15 years and say this experience at the back end of the field has paid dividends for me in the long run.

“But no matter where I end up next year, no matter what position I’m fighting for, whether that’s fighting for championships or fighting just for points, I’ll be giving it everything I’ve got,” concluded Russell.

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