Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc think that George Russell deserves to join Mercedes thanks to his performance.
The future of the second Mercedes seat is still unclear as there is still no official announcement regarding who will be Lewis Hamilton’s teammate in 2022. However, both Verstappen and Leclerc think that Russell has shown that he deserves to be in that seat because of his on-track performance and consistency.
“George is very quick, and he can’t stay where he is forever,” the Dutchman said.
“I think he deserves more, but at the end of the day, it’s up to Mercedes to make the call, right? So not really from my side, but for sure I rate him very highly as a driver.
“He’s of course still very young as well, so it’s natural that the younger guys at one point move up, and especially the good drivers.”
“I think it’s great if George gets that seat, because he deserves it,” Leclerc added.
“It is always very difficult to judge in Formula 1 because the cars are so different. Obviously, with George being at Williams, it is always difficult to judge how much of a good job he is doing.
“But he’s consistently there and showing good things, and also in the past, I’ve raced with him and I know how strong George is, so he definitely deserves that spot and I think it would be great to have such a talented driver in that seat.”