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Martin Brundle warns George Russell he can’t get on ‘missing list’ at Mercedes

Martin Brundle speak George Russell prepares to learn about the increased attention paid to racers while in the Mercedes range, but helps drivers “confident” perform at their best rather than be drawn in by scrutiny.

Russell will leaves Williams at the end of this season, his third with the team, to replace Valtteri Bottas was a teammate of Lewis Hamilton, with Bottas moving to Alfa Romeo.

When the move was announced, Russell admitted he was looking forward to the challenge, but also acknowledged it would be a step up in expectations.

“I would be lying if I said that I am not completely tinnitus. It was a huge opportunity and I wanted to take it with both hands,” he said at the time. “But I am under no illusions about the scale of the challenge; it will be a steep learning curve. I want to make my new teammates proud. Of course, in my opinion, one of the new teammates is the greatest locomotive of all time. ”

Brundle says bigger demands on him would be no problem for Russell in terms of confidence.

“When you’re in the second half of the grid, you can sparkle often and people talk about it, and then you get on the missing list and nobody notices,” said Brundle. told assembly vehicle. “When you get in a car like [Mercedes’], as Valtteri discovered, you can never shortlist.

“I don’t know of any other young driver who would deal with the Imola, where you’ve thrown, for the second year in a row, Williams pointing and wiping away those Mercedes pieces you hope to hit the road with your ears. your accident, and then go out and blame that driver, then take the elevator home with [Mercedes chief] Toto [Wolff] on his jet that night.

“So, you know, he’s a confident guy.

“I think he has a good balance of confidence, not just arrogance. And I think that’s exactly where you need to go against Lewis, who is comfortable and knows Mercedes well. ”

Brundle explains that such a step forward on the requirement for a driver can go one of two ways, Brundle explains, but he is helping Russell shine and demonstrate why is considered the man by many. long-term successor to Hamilton himself, who is chasing a record this season. – Breakthrough Eighth Championship.

“He will need to be good, he will need a strong head. And I think he will do just fine.

“Everybody’s paying attention to how you’re performing, so the spotlight is going to be fierce and you don’t really know until you get that attention whether you’re going to grow up, that’s the energy.” or you wilt like a flower, and we’ll have to wait and see what George does. “

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/motor-racing/formula1/george-russell-mercedes-bottas-brundle-b1968690.html Martin Brundle warns George Russell he can’t get on ‘missing list’ at Mercedes

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