David Coulthard warns ‘impressive’ George Russell of imminent threat at Mercedes – “This won’t last forever”

Former F1 driver David Coulthard has lavished praise at new Mercedes recruit George Russell, but has also ushered in a word of caution for the youngster.

Russell was brought in at the start of the season to replace Valtteri Bottas after 5 years at the team.

Russell has put in a good account of himself till now, bagging two top-5 finishes in consecutive weeks following the start of the 2022 season.

He was almost a second faster than Hamilton during Q1 in Saudi Arabia, an event that Hamilton was forced to retire from.

Coulthard spoke about what Russell brings to Mercedes.

“I’ve been super-impressed. For me, he’s a brilliant all-round package,” he said.

“He has speed, he has excellent communication skills; he’s a modern version of a top professional racing driver.

“I thought that before the season started and I’ve seen nothing since to change my mind.”

Coulthard issues Russell warning

George Russell. Credit: gpfans.net

Coulthard, though, warned Russell about any potential complacency seeping in. He said that his true caliber can only be judged after he has there is a bigger sample size. That will only come with time and consistent performances.

“The honeymoon period where you can do no wrong changes quickly, particularly when there’s an expectation that – given the car you are driving – you should be in the top three,” he said.

Mercedes has struggled so far this season and will hope that its engineers can provide a much needed update that will allow the team to push for top honours.

Coulthard believes Hamilton and Russell can play a big part in this by being “the voice” to fix the chassis and floor problems that have given the team so much grief.

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