Nico Rosberg ‘still not sure’ on George Russell taking Lewis Hamilton’s place at Mercedes

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GEORGE RUSSELL has the benefit at Mercedes as he lies second within the drivers’ standings.

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Former Mercedes star Nico Rosberg is ‘nonetheless unsure’ if George Russell will be capable of compete with Lewis Hamilton on the Silver Arrows. The 2016 champion claimed we’re but to see a ‘spark of absolute brilliance’ from Russell throughout his first three races for his new workforce.

Rosberg has additionally raised fears Russell could not be capable of attain the extent wanted to problem for world championships as soon as Hamilton inevitably retires. Chatting with Sky Sports activities F1, he mentioned: “It isn’t a straightforward scenario.

“They had been anticipating to struggle for race wins and now out of the blue they’re very far behind from the opposite guys and so they have a tough automobile in order that’s a little bit of a setback and a tricky scenario for George to enter into. Nonetheless, the primary three races he is accomplished very well. He is been very near Lewis as we see him second within the championship.

“He is actually maximised all of the factors attainable within the first three races so for that thumbs up. I am nonetheless unsure but if we have been in a position to see him be on Lewis’ degree and take Lewis’ place at Mercedes sooner or later and change into world champion.

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Nico Rosberg 'still not sure' on George Russell taking Lewis Hamilton's place at Mercedes

Nico Rosberg has analysed Russell’s begin to the season (Picture: Getty / Sky Sports activities F1)

“This I am unsure but. I have not actually seen that spark of absolute brilliance however in fact it is early days.”

Russell has the early bragging rights at Mercedes with the previous Williams man forward of Hamilton by 9 factors at thai stage. A part of the hole was right down to Hamilton’s surprising Saudi Arabian Grand Prix the place the seven-time champion was knocked out in Q1.

He recovered to complete tenth however solely introduced dwelling one championship level. In the meantime, Russell has been in a position to safe three successive prime 5 finishes together with his second profession podium in Australia.

Forward of the weekend, Russell shot down any rumours of a rivalry between the Mercedes pair.

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Nico Rosberg 'still not sure' on George Russell taking Lewis Hamilton's place at Mercedes

Russell has not had a spark of ‘absolute brilliance’ warns Rosberg (Picture: Getty)

He informed Sky Sports activities F1: “I believe we’re at completely different levels of our careers, there’s no onerous emotions both approach.

“From my facet, I’m 24 years previous going in opposition to the best of all time. If he completed forward of me, clearly I don’t prefer it however I received’t cry and sulk about it. Equally, from Lewis’ facet, he has achieved a lot – he’s a seven-time World Champion, he holds information.”

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