Wolff says Niki Lauda said Russell was “going to become a good one”

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After George Russell’s amazing win at the Sao Paulo Grand Prix, Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff says the late Niki Lauda predicted a bright future for the young Briton.

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.

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