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BREAKING: George Russell will drive for Mercedes in place of Lewis Hamilton.

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  1. WilyB

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    BREAKING: George Russell will drive for Mercedes in place of Lewis Hamilton at this weekend's Sakhir Grand Prix Jack Aitken steps up for Williams.

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  4. SPEEDCORE

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    Congrats to Russell, great to see another twitch steamer doing well in F1. :D
     
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    Gotta admit it ..had to google it!
     
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    Can't wait to see what Russell does in that W11 rocketship.

    Pole and wins the race possibly??
     
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    Big test and chance for Russell.
    So happy for him, he really deserves it !
     
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    I’m sure he’ll do great
     
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    Valterrrrri is worrrrried.
     
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  12. simpen

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    Finally a chance to evaluate what the young Russell is capable of! I expect nothing less than a podium, or else I'll just continue to call him the new Hulkenberg
     
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    Frankly it would be awesome if George could immediately challenge the Bottas pace because it is never easy to discover a car without any kind of test before.
    But who knows ..
     
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    This is where the absolute ban on testing starts to become a safety issue, as well as limiting opportunity for young drivers.
     
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    #13 Nembo1777, Dec 2, 2020
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    I don't think he can win this sunday, too little time to really squeeze every ounce of speed from the car compared to Bottas BUT if Lewis is not declared fit for AbuDhababdabda then yes I will bet George wins there.

    This Sakhir GP will be very exciting and fraught with traffic issues having a decisive influence on results, due to the short almost oval layout totally unprecedented in F1 history and with Aitken and Fittipaldi that is two beginners in the mix, not at all an ideal race for them to start.
     
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    Lets not forget that he tested the W10 twice last year and topped the times for the day both times. :) (2nd test he was under .1 behind Bottas best time).

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    Congrats to Russell! It will be like going from a clapped out Hyundai to a Merc S Class.
     
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    surely the teams have something arranged for their up-and-coming drivers to avoid having them get into the car and be completely off the pace. Plenty of tracks in the UK and the big teams at least don't just throw away their old cars. Hamilton and Bottas did pre-season practice in the W09 so...

    Anyway, congrats to Russel for getting this opportunity though I'm looking forward to seeing Hamilton try for his 8th title next season
     
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    Curious what motivation was given to Williams to release him?
     
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    Congrats, lad!
     
  22. SPEEDCORE

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    Each year post-season they have a "young driver" test week. They usually allow their best F2+F3 drivers to test, though this year Reno is pushing to give Alonso a seat :p

    Alternatively drivers can pay for testing like Stroll did before entering F1.

    Who knows what the teams charge but there are a few places in Europe where you can hire an older F1 car, this mob charge 11480 euros for 10laps in a 2011 Williams. Test days drivers are usually doing 100+ laps.

    https://www.lrs-formula.com/en/f1-driving-experience-gold-magny-cours-gp-circuit

    The reason Merc used the W09 was because the rules didn't allow them to run the W11/W10.
     
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    Money in one shape or another, such as a discount on Mercedes engine bills.
     
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    Why i'm so excited to see Russell in the W11?
    Too many boring years perhaps ..
     
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    This is the biggest chance Russell will ever get. He has to take it.

    He has an easier job than Hulk did earlier in the year as he is a current driver and has loads of experience with the Merc PU already powering his Williams. I doubt it will take him long to get to grips with the additional chassis performance of the Merc.

    I expect him to be on the pace by Saturday qualifying (top 6 minimum) and on the podium on Sunday. He doesn’t have to beat Bottas this weekend, but has to be comparable. That’ll be enough. Good luck to him. He’s earned this opportunity.

    If he’s still in the seat for Abu Dhabi, then he has a real shot at victory.
     
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    I hope he doesn't crumble under the pressure.
    It would be great to see him on pole, proof anyone can drive that car to the top.
     
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    If he is a sort of real deal like Max or Charles he should already beat Bottas this week.
    Time will quickly tell..
     
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