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Russell makes BIG claim over Verstappen Mercedes rumors

Russell makes BIG claim over Verstappen Mercedes rumors

Russell makes BIG claim over Verstappen Mercedes rumors

Russell makes BIG claim over Verstappen Mercedes rumors

George Russell has backed his ability in the case that Max Verstappen leaves Red Bull to join Mercedes in the future.

The Silver Arrows driver enters his third year alongside seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton in 2024 – his last as his team-mate before a headline switch to Ferrari.

Silly season is in early swing, with rumours of potential driver swaps at almost every team for next season.

READ MORE: Hamilton reveals thoughts on Horner investigation

George Russell drives the W15 at Jeddah
George Russell shakes hands with Max Verstappen

Russell: I welcome the challenge

With a new set of technical regulations in 2026, long-term aspirations are in mind for drivers who want to put themselves in the best position to win in the future – including current champion Max Verstappen.

Speaking in the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix drivers’ press conference, Russell backed himself to beat anyone on the F1 grid.

“This is my third season alongside Lewis, the greatest driver of all time,” he said.

“I feel I’ve done a pretty good job alongside him. So, whoever were to line up alongside me next year or the years to come I welcome the challenge.

“I focus on me, and I believe I’m good enough to beat anyone on the grid,” he continued.

“Any team wants to have the best driver lineup possible. Right now Max is the best driver on the grid, so if any team had the chance to sign Max they would 100 per cent be taking it.”

Mercedes and Russell will be hoping to improve their car for this week’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix after a difficult weekend in Bahrain where they struggled to optimise their cooling package.

The more improvement they can make over the course of this season, the more likely they are to be able to convince a premier talent like Verstappen to join them in the future.

READ MORE: Verstappen admits Horner saga 'damaging' for Red Bull

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