George Russell has been described as a "sensible all-round package deal" by 13-time Grand Prix winner David Coulthard, who is raring to see how the younger Briton may also help Mercedes get on high of their present automobile points.
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Ex-System 1 driver David Coulthard has heaped reward on George Russell for his performances amid Mercedes’ early-season struggles, however now needs him to play a key position in returning the group to profitable methods.
Russell made the transfer to Mercedes – after three years at Williams – for the beginning of F1’s new technical period, however the reigning Constructors’ World Champions have dropped behind Ferrari and Crimson Bull within the pecking order.
With the Silver Arrows looking for an answer to their automobile points, Russell delivered back-to-back top-five finishes in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, comfortably outpacing skilled teammate Lewis Hamilton throughout the latter occasion.
Talking about Russell’s begin to life at Mercedes in an interview with UK newspaper The Mirror, Coulthard mentioned: “I have been super-impressed. For me, he is an excellent all-round package deal.
“He has pace, he has glorious communication abilities; he is a contemporary model of a high skilled racing driver.
“I believed that earlier than the season began and I’ve seen nothing since to alter my thoughts.”
Coulthard praises Russell for coping with Mercedes' struggles
Applauding him for a powerful begin in difficult circumstances, Coulthard says he now needs Russell “to be the voice” alongside Hamilton and assist to show Mercedes’ fortunes round.
“The honeymoon interval the place you are able to do no fallacious modifications shortly, notably when there’s an expectation that – given the automobile you’re driving – you ought to be within the high three,” he commented.
“What’s truly occurred is that Ferrari and Crimson Bull have come flying out of the blocks, and there are some who may decide that George’s first couple of races haven’t been as much as normal. I would not agree with that.
“I feel he is dealt with the automobile and the state of affairs properly. You may solely drive the automobile you’ve got been given.
“His subsequent job can be, together with Lewis Hamilton, to be the voice that permits his Mercedes group to develop a profitable automobile.”
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Given what he has seen from Russell so far, Coulthard went so far as to explain the 24-year-old – and fellow British teen Lando Norris – as somebody for his personal son to look as much as.
“Actually, I’ve beloved to see what George is bringing. First, as a result of he is British. And secondly, as a result of he is bright-eyed, enthusiastic and a very good communicator,” Coulthard added.
“It is a reward to be an expert sportsperson. He is embracing it and I feel it is inspirational.
“I’ve obtained a 13-year-old son and I need him to look as much as the likes of George and Lando, they usually’ve been a breath of recent air.
“There have been durations the place it’s kind of staid, however you can not say that about System 1 for the time being, and quite a lot of that’s all the way down to the thrill these two are producing.”
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Mike Seymour, and Thomas Maher look again over the Saudi Arabia Grand Prix in Jeddah, which was gained in dramatic vogue by Crimson Bull’s Max Verstappen.