George Russell: Why Mercedes had to sign him – and what it might mean for team harmony

George Russell, who is joining Mercedes next year as Lewis Hamilton’s team-mate, is one of those drivers. “George Russell is the one that surprises me every weekend,” Alonso said. Russell, he said, “was putting in something special every weekend”. Alonso wrote on the one he gave to Russell: “George, you rock. With a lap that will go down in history as one of the most impressive of all time, Russell put the Williams on the front row. But perhaps most of all, there was Russell’s one-off race for Mercedes at last year’s Sakhir Grand Prix, when he stood in for Hamilton after the seven-time champion contracted coronavirus. Williams will miss Russell, yet they accept that Wolff could not reasonably take any other decision.

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