Russell will be on top immediately at Mercedes Formula 1 team says the former Williams boss of George Russell, German Jost Capito. The team boss reckons the Englishman will be right up there this season at Mercedes and will be able to compete with reigning world F1 champion Max Verstappen immediately.
The start of George Russell’s fourth season in Formula One in 2022 is expected to mark the beginning of a new era for the team. Wednesday, February 18th, the Mercedes team will unveil its F1 2022 challenger, the W13 at an event broadcast live from the Silverstone circuit in the UK.
Capito believes that George Russell’s talent and mental strength will immediately put him on the pace for his first season at Mercedes alongside Lewis Hamilton. Moreover, Capito insists that Russell’s familiarity with the German manufacturer’s team, having started his career there, will prove to be an asset to him.
“He has nerves of steel and never gets discouraged. George is very strong mentally and continues to grow more and more in that aspect,” the Williams CEO told German media outlet RTL.
“As for the challenge with Verstappen, you don’t have to adapt to another driver’s character and personality to be fast. I think he can fight with Max Verstappen, I am convinced of that.”
“He has been part of the Mercedes Academy and is using his skills in the simulator to improve. Through this work he will be able to interact with a machine that will not be an absolute novelty to him, so I think he will be on top immediately.”