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Verstappen: Russell would make life difficult for Hamilton

ZANDVOORT, NETHERLANDS – SEPTEMBER 02: George Russell of Great Britain and Williams cycles the track during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of The Netherlands at Circuit Zandvoort on September 02, 2021 in Zandvoort, Netherlands. (Photo by Clive Rose – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

Max Verstappen said George Russell replacing Valtteri Bottas at Mercedes would “make it very difficult” for Lewis Hamilton.

Why it matters: Russell had one of the best performances while racing for Mercedes at the Sakhir Grand Prix, proving his real skills outside of his current team, Williams.


  • The community in general expects Russell to replace Bottas from the 2022 season onwards.
  • Toto Wolff already confirmed Mercedes made a decision on their 2022 line-up, but is yet to reveal who will race alongside Hamilton.


  • “He jumped into the car in Bahrain, and basically was already from lap one making it very difficult for Valtteri,” Verstappen said.
  • “I do expect him to do very well if he gets that seat.”
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