Mercedes has confirmed, which was also expected in recent days, that the British George Russell will race for the Mercedes team in the coming Formula 1 season, where he will become a team rival of Lewis Hamilton.
The Mercedes team has announced that ad will present its race car, the W12, on March 2, in a month's time. The team from Brackley will try to win the eighth consecutive world title among constructors, and this year one will be driven by Valtteri Bottas and the other very likely by Lewis Hamilton, although the latter has still not signed a new contract with the team. The German team will unveil the car in an online presentation, and the full name of the car will be the Mercedes-AMG F1 W12 E Performance. The newly added E Performance label will in the future accompany all Mercedes hybrid cars in which they intend to use the technology developed in Formula 1. https://twitter.com/MercedesAMGF1/status/1356557979873599490 Basically, the car will be similar to last year. The chassis will remain the same, but it will be among others
Lewis Hamilton is the only racer who still has to sign a contract for the remaining seat in Formula 1, but the Briton seems to have too high demands, as a third co-owner of the Mercedes F1 team, Daimler, has rejected them. After the race in Turkey, where he won his seventh world title, Hamilton is expected to put a four-year contract on the table, demanding 41 million euros for each season, which would mean earning 164 million in the next four seasons. euros. In addition, the Briton is demanding a 10 percent cash prize, which belongs to the team when winning the title among constructors, and he also wants the Mercedes supercar AMG One as the icing on the cake. Spanish and Italian media report that Daimler was not overly enthusiastic about his demands and
George Russell drew attention to himself at the Sakhir GP with a good ride as a replacement for Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes, but the Briton admits that his driving style, which he is used to at Williams, made it a bit difficult for him: "My driving style at Williams in a Mercedes, it did more harm than good, ”says the Briton. Russell, on the other hand, tried to use some of the things he saw at Mercedes at Williams, but soon found that it was anything but easy. "Certain things just can't be changed," adds Russell, who says, "It let me know that you always have to adjust to what your car allows." "If someone drives a Mercedes in a certain way, that doesn't mean they can drive a Williams in the same way - and vice versa." Russell admits he’s back
In a recent interview, Max Verstappen has already indicated that he is counting on the Red Bull team to be more competitive for the very top next season, and at the same time he also mentioned the desire for both cars to be competitive for the very top. The importance of the competitiveness of both racers was also shown by the recent race in Abu Dhabi, where Alex Albon with a good performance significantly limited the choice of strategies for both Mercedes. At this point, Lewis Hamilton remembers the 2008 season when he had plenty of trouble with both Ferraris mainly because his teammate Heikki Kovalainen could rarely help him with his good performances. "With all due respect to Alex - this season was a fight between Valtteri and me against Max," explains Hamilton, adding: "I was in a similar situation at the time at McLaren, to
The roles have actually been reversed this time, and spectators are already waving their hands in anticipation of next season, hoping that the race at the Yas Marina racetrack heralded a closer fight for the 2021 season title. worries about the failure of the hybrid set, and in addition, world champion Lewis Hamilton was not in the best of shape, as less than two weeks have passed since the corona virus infection. It was these circumstances that led to another interesting statistic, as it was only the first time after 40 races that neither Mercedes car appeared in the lead. The last time this happened was at the 2018 Mexico Grand Prix, where it was Verstappen who celebrated one of his victories, Hamilton was fourth and Bottas fifth. It was Hamilto at the time
Russell’s excellent performance at the Sakhir Grand Prix last weekend led to speculation that Mercedes might try to replace the Finn by having Bottas return to Williams next year and the young British driver getting a seat at Mercedes. However, Wolff stressed that they remain loyal to Bottas, and made it clear that Russell’s time is yet to come. "It stays in our race car," Wolff said, adding: "I confirm this now. We already have a contract signed with Valtteri. Both we and the team remain loyal to our drivers." "We're just as loyal to our young drivers. George drove extremely well last week and definitely deserves to sit in a competitive race car. He already has a contract with Williams for next season. His time is yet to come and he will undoubtedly get a chance
Although sitting in arguably by far the best Formula 1 race car, Valtteri Bottas has won only two races this year. He was finally embarrassed in the Istanbul rain and reached the finish line twice in Bahrain as the eighth. The head of the Mercedes team, Toto Wolff, says that the fall of Finč's form is even more visible when the championship was finally lost for him: "We still have to talk about this," adds the Viennese. Wolff made an uncompromising analysis of Bottas racing this season in an interview as part of a media event on Sky television. “If only I knew why!” Wolff guesses about the reasons for his Finnish driver’s poor form. "Over the last few years, we've seen him always start well and win races in the beginning. He's completely competitive. Competing with Lewis is, of course, anything but easy. It was d
In his first race for Mercedes, as a replacement for covid-19-sick Lewis Hamilton, George Russell dominated the track and had the whole situation under control until Mercedes completely turned the races upside down with both of his racers with a comedy of boxing messes. They prepared for a double stop in the Mercedes pits, but were rather slow in changing the tires on Russell's race car, which was fitted with tires intended for Bottas, and Finc had to put back the tires with which he actually drove into the pits. George Russell was quite disappointed after the race as he did his job with distinction. Russell therefore had to go into the pits again to have the tires fitted to him, which he should have received at the first stop, later due to a punctured tire.
The big question before the second training session was: Will George Russell, who is replacing the current world champion in Mercedes due to a Covid-19 infection, be ahead of Valtteri Bottas again? The 1-year-old Briton, who is usually found much more in Williams towards the end of the table, was the fastest already in FP26, while Bottas was fourth at the time. In the second practice, the asphalt cooled by four degrees Celsius to 56,949 degrees when he was the first to take Pietro Fittipaldi to the track. The Brazilian replaces Romain Grosjean at Haas because the Geneva man burned his hands in a fireball at the Bahrain Grand Prix. With a time of XNUMX, he set the first benchmark for rivals, which veteran Kimi Räikkönen quickly improved at Alfa Romeo. Charles Leclerc drove only two laps on the second due to a drive unit failure