In Sao Paulo, George Russell won his first Formula 1 grand prix. The day before he also brilliantly won Saturday’s sprint race.
Toto Wolff, who was not present in Brazil, says George’s success reminded him of what former Mercedes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda said about the young Briton.
“It is emotional as it gets,” Wolff told Sky Sports F1.
“James Vowles [Mercedes’ Motorsport Strategy Director] is instrumental in our young driver programme, but there’s so many people involved who run our team.
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“Something that I remember is that during George’s [title-winning season in] F3, it was the only podium that Niki ever visited.
“He said: ‘He’s going to become a good one’. [George] had the chance to win in Bahrain a few years ago [when he replaced Lewis Hamilton due to his bout with COVID-19], and now he’s just brought it home. He had a fantastic day.
“He withstood the pressure at the end and it was really great,” Wolff concluded.