Mercedes’ decision to call-up George Russell to fill-in for Lewis Hamilton at the Sakhir GP gives it an opportunity to evaluate a potential star of the future in a live environment on an F1 weekend. In this video Scott Mitchell explains why Mercedes had to take that opportunity, rather than handing the seat to reserve driver Stoffel Vandoorne, and we look ahead to how Russell will really be judged against Valtteri Bottas, beyond pure results

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  1. bogy

    Russell's performance in Sakhir GP begs the question, "is Hamilton as good as people think or is his car just so much better?" There is no doubt that Hamilton is a very talented driver and I like him, but when you put a relatively new driver who hasn't scored a point yet into Hamilton's car, He beats the hell out of the other drivers and takes the pole, and leads almost the whole race. Errors not of his doing loses the race for him. Seems as though if you put Hamilton in another car he wouldn't be nearly as successful.


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