George Russell defended by David Coulthard with Mercedes after podium-less start to season

GEORGE RUSSELL has impressed since becoming a member of Mercedes within the low season.

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George Russell has earned the praises of David Coulthard – with the Scot touting him as an ‘all spherical bundle’. And Coulthard has defended the 24-year-old for Mercedes’ poor begin to the season after claiming that he has dealt with his sides’ lack of ability to match Ferrari and Crimson Bull.

Russell joined Mercedes at first of the season after three spectacular years at Williams. The Brit has achieved effectively in his first two races for the Silver Arrows, coming fourth and fifth within the Bahrain and Saudi Arabia Grand Prixs respectively – his greatest ever finishes within the sport.

However regardless of his robust showings, the King’s Lynn-born star has taken some flak for being unable to maintain up with runaway leaders Ferrari and the ever-impressive Crimson Bull. And Coulthard has backed the prodigy, claiming that his group’s automotive this season is less than commonplace – and that Russell has achieved effectively to maintain up the tempo.

“What’s really occurred is that Ferrari and Crimson Bull have come flying out of the blocks and there are some who would possibly decide that George’s first couple of races haven’t been as much as commonplace,” Coulthard advised the Sunday Mirror. “I wouldn’t agree with that. I feel he’s dealt with the automotive and the state of affairs effectively.

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George Russell defended by David Coulthard with Mercedes after podium-less start to season

George Russell has been backed by David Coulthard (Picture: GETTY)

“I’ve been super-impressed – George has carried out in step with my expectations.” The Silver Arrows had been anticipated to have Lewis Hamilton difficult for the title after he misplaced out in controversial circumstances on the ultimate race of final season.

But it surely has been Russell who has bettered his fellow countryman, sitting forward of his tame-mate within the Drivers’ standings. And Coulthard described the star as an ‘all-round bundle’ as he continues to impress.

He added: “For me, he’s an excellent all-round bundle. He has pace, he has glorious communication abilities. He’s a contemporary model of a high skilled racing driver. I assumed that earlier than the season began and I’ve seen nothing since to alter my thoughts.

George Russell defended by David Coulthard with Mercedes after podium-less start to season

George Russell and Lando Norris have had differing seasons (Picture: GETTY)

“However the honeymoon interval the place you are able to do no incorrect modifications shortly, notably when there’s an expectation that – given the automotive you might be driving – you have to be within the high three.”

The subsequent race of the season falls in Australia on April 10. And Russell will look to raised the Sixteenth-place end he earned there in 2019 on his first ever outing in System One.

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