“Wait and watch”: Russell optimistic over long-term stint with Mercedes

George Russell found himself in a Mercedes through some ill-fortune to star driver Lewis Hamilton last season.

The Bahrain Grand Prix saw Russell step in for Hamilton, who had tested positive for coronavirus.

Russell believes that had a very huge impact on his career, having failed to set the stage alight till then.

It also marked the first chance he had to showcase his skills in a car that was a genuine challenger for a podium finish at the very least.

Although he didn’t finish as well as he would’ve hoped, his performances were applauded by a number of analysts, who believed that he did a commendable job given the short notice he had.

Following that, Mercedes has even accepted the fact that the team is keeping a close eye on him with both Hamilton and teammate Valtteri Bottas out of contract at the end of the season.

Russell claimed that the event was a game-changer for him with respect to his career trajectory. Had it not have been for this opportunity, Russell believes that his career could very well have panned out quite differently.

“I think that race was massive for myself. And I think it gives me the opportunity now just to sit back relax and just really focus on the driving,” he said.

“What will happen will happen. And I’d like to think I managed to show what I could do in a front-running car.

“You know Mercedes are my mentors, my managers. And we just have to wait and see what comes in 2022.

“But I think like I said, that opportunity for me was huge. And perhaps I would have been going about it slightly differently if I didn’t have that opportunity last year.”

Williams is looking a lot better ahead of the upcoming campaign than it did in 2020. Russell will hope that this will help him notch his first points for the team.

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