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Wolff hints at 'team leader' role for Russell amid Hamilton exit

Wolff hints at 'team leader' role for Russell amid Hamilton exit

Wolff hints at 'team leader' role for Russell amid Hamilton exit

Wolff hints at 'team leader' role for Russell amid Hamilton exit

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has hinted that George Russell may become the team’s ‘new leader’ in the wake of Lewis Hamilton’s departure.

Hamilton making the switch from the silver arrows to Ferrari in 2025 has left a seat vacant at the German team after the Brit departs at the end of 2024.

A number of drivers have been linked with the team, including Fernando Alonso, Alex Albon and a remarkable return for Sebastian Vettel have also been rumoured.

But in the midst of the shocking news of Hamilton’s exit from the team and the discussions about who will replace him, Wolff believes that his team-mate Russell has not been mentioned enough and that he has to potential to be a team leader.

Lewis Hamilton will leave Mercedes for Ferrari in 2025
Several drivers including Sebastian Vettel have been linked with the vacant seat
Toto Wolff believes George Russell will make a great team leader

Wolff backs Russell as new team leader

Speaking with Mundo Deportivo, the Mercedes boss had high praise for the 25-year-old.

"Also, with all the discussion about Lewis, one thing that hasn't been talked about enough is George Russell,” he said.

“George has the potential to be the team's next leading driver. He's from the generation of Lando and Leclerc and some of the others and I couldn't wish for a better new team leader for when Lewis leaves, there's no doubt about that."

He added that the team have a strong foundation in Russell, but stressed that he is in no rush to find his new team-mate for the 2025 season.

"We have a very solid foundation and a fast, smart guy in the car; we just have to make the right decision for the second seat. That's not something I want to rush into,” he explained.

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