F1 Future Watch: George Russell, MercedesF1 Future Watch: George Russell, Mercedes – We first must start by saying what an excellent week for George in the São Paul Grand Prix! The 24-year-old claimed his first race wins in both the sprint and main race on the weekend.

Imagine telling Russell back when he was 11 years old with his idol Hamilton that this would be him. It really speaks volumes to the determination, mental toughness, and natural talent the British driver has.Picture2

Russell signed up to the Mercedes Junior Programme in 2017 after showing his talent in various junior racing series and became their reserve driver in 2018. He also became F2 Champion in the same year. Then he got his first F1 seat with Williams (still a Mercedes driver) with the personal aim of proving his F1 credentials.

In 2020, during the COVID impacted Sakhir Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton missed the race and Russell was allowed the opportunity to prove what he could do at a race weekend for his main team. He impressed throughout the whole weekend and should have won the race apart from some questionable team decisions.

This put pressure on Mercedes to find a seat for Russell, with Bottas ultimately the one to move on. After a great 2021 season with Williams where he achieved his first F1 podium finish it was announced Russell would partner Hamilton at Mercedes from 2022 onwards.

F1 Future Watch: George Russell, MercedesRussell is a class driver. He is not yet at the ridiculous level that Hamilton and a couple of other drivers operate at. However, with the attitude and fighting spirit of this young man, I think natural cream rises to the top.

F1 Future Watch: George Russell, MercedesExpect to see Russell become world champion in the future given Mercedes provide a car competitive at the front of the grid. I would imagine once the sad day comes and Hamilton retires, Russell may become the main driver in this massive team.

F1 Future Watch: George Russell Cards Worth Collecting

Russell has a number of great options already in the hobby. He has 2020 and 2021 releases, including chrome auto and portrait cards. I’m personally looking forward to the upcoming release of F1 cards to see the Englishman’s impressive first season.

He also has rookie cards from Williams from 2020, which are very cool. Obviously having Hamilton represent his team will add value to his cards. The Topps Now for Russell at the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix has shown there is a strong market. Given the popularity and new fans joining F1 Russell will move closer to the spotlight.

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