Russell would welcome “best driver on the grid” Verstappen at Mercedes

George Russell would relish the prospect to go up versus Max Verstappen in the exact workforce.

The 3-periods globe winner is contracted to generate for Crimson Bull right until 2028. Having said that a rift has appeared amongst the Verstappen camp and workforce principal Christian Horner around the team’s managing of an investigation into his perform previous 7 days.

Verstappen’s father Jos reported the integrity of the workforce would be place at possibility if Horner does not depart. FIA workforce principal Mohammed Ben Sulayem has urged Verstappen to publicly back again Horner.

This has prompted speculation Verstappen could request an early launch from his deal. Mercedes is searching for a alternative for Lewis Hamilton upcoming 12 months and the reigning winner would be an clear goal.

Russell reported he would comprehend the workforce searching for to retain the services of Verstappen. “I assume any workforce want to have the ideal driver line-up doable and suitable now Max is the ideal driver on the grid,” he reported.

“So if any workforce experienced a probability to indicator Max they’ll a hundred% be getting it. I assume the dilemma is extra on the other aspect, on his aspect and on Crimson Bull’s aspect, naturally so a great deal likely on there, we do not know definitely what is likely on at the rear of shut doorways and eventually it is none of our business enterprise suitable now. But it would be enjoyable.”

He reported his efficiency together with Hamilton reveals he could contend with Verstappen. “This is my 3rd time now together with Lewis, finest driver of all time, and I really feel like I have finished a really very good task together with him.

“So whoever have been to line up together with me upcoming 12 months or the several years to arrive I welcome anyone, welcome a problem. You would want to go versus the ideal.

“But eventually for me, just concentration on myself. I consider in myself. I consider I can defeat anyone on the grid. You have just obtained to have that mentality. So owning Lewis as my benchmark the previous pair of several years, it is been a really very good benchmark for confident.”

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