Williams rookie George Russell believes he is good enough to one day drive for the Mercedes team. The young British racer made his debut at the beginning of the season and has been very impressive so far despite the lack of a competitive car. He has out-qualified Robert Kubica in every race this term and even made it into Q2 at the recent Hungarian Grand Prix.
He is part of the Mercedes young driver programme and has been earmarked as a future driver for the Silver Arrows. And, the 21-year-old is confident he has what it takes to make the step up, if they choose to let Valtteri Bottas go and look beyond Esteban Ocon.
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“Kvyat beat Ricciardo in his first year with Red Bull,” Russell told RaceFans.net. “Charles is giving Vettel a run for his money in his first year [at Ferrari]. “I obviously really and truly believe in myself. If I ever were to get the opportunity I’m not going to think, it would be stupid to think I could go in there and beat Lewis at the first race; in my opinion, he’s the best driver on the grid.
“But I feel like the potential’s there. You always learn with every single race, every single year with the experience. So if the opportunity were to come I feel absolutely confident I could take it with both hands and quickly learn as much as possible and be there ready to really deliver after a couple of races.”