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Mercedes FE champion de Vries "deserves" F1 chance - Russell

Mercedes FE champion de Vries "deserves" F1 chance - Russell

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Mercedes FE champion de Vries "deserves" F1 chance - Russell

Mercedes FE champion de Vries "deserves" F1 chance - Russell

George Russell believes former F2 rival and Mercedes Formula E champion Nyck de Vries deserves a place in F1.

De Vries was tipped as a potential replacement for Russell should the Briton make the move up to Mercedes in place of Valtteri Bottas for 2022.

It has emerged, however, that the Dutchman will likely end up at Alfa Romeo for 2022 as team-mate with Bottas.

Speaking ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix, Russell said: "I think Nyck is a fantastic driver. He is a Formula 2 champion, he is a Formula E champion.

"He has definitely got the speed, he has got the charisma and the right attitude to be an F1 driver.

"Unfortunately, Formula 1 only has 20 drivers and for a great driver to come in a great driver has to leave so it is not quite as simple as that.

"He deserves to be here but let's see if he gets the opportunity of the opportunity arises for himself. Unfortunately, there isn't enough space for everybody."

Russell would choose Hamilton as team-mate

Should Russell be confirmed as a Mercedes driver for 2022, he will be given the opportunity to go head-to-head with seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton, an opportunity he is relishing.

"As any driver, they want to go against the best and Lewis is probably the greatest of all time so you want to put yourself against and see how you fare," he explained.

"It would be probably an honour for anybody to get that opportunity. It is all hypothetical at the moment.

"It is the same as I said three years ago, if I could choose to race against anybody as my team-mate, Lewis would be the one."

What do you think?
random person

I see fire and brimstone in the future at Mercedes, especially if lewis doesn't get his 8th title this year. I also fear that the FIA might stick their nose into his business after he spoke out against them last Sunday.

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