McLaren boss Zak Brown spoke about a possibility of a new driver line-up for Mercedes in 2022. He speculated the possibility of Max Verstappen and George Russell joining the German constructors.
The Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas will be out of contract at the end of the 2021 season. Many believe them not to continue with the Silver Arrows beyond that. Some even feel the possibility of Hamilton hanging up his helmet after the current season.
Therefore, Zak Brown talked about young prodigies like Verstappen and Russel being behind the wheels for the Germans in the 2022 season. Brown further asserted his thought about the duo, “You have Max’s experience and youth, you have George’s youth. If I am Mercedes, that’s a pretty killer line-up for the next five years.”
Max Verstappen and Mercedes
The Red Bull driver Verstappen is one of the most promising drivers in Formula One at the moment. The Dutch prodigy is already among the top drivers in the sport. Following his excellent performance in Bahrain, the young driver drew everyone’s attention towards himself. Therefore, there are chances for Toto Wolff to recruit Max. His close battle with Lewis would simply be a cherry on the cake.
Moreover, the Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko revealed a performance clause between the Dutch and the Austrian constructor. According to that, Verstappen can leave the team if they fail to win a world championship. Therefore, if the 23-year-old fails this season, there is a high possibility for him to join the Brackley-based team.
George Russell and Silver Arrows
George Russell has been a backmarker for most of his time on the grid, making way for the faster cars. However, the young Briton filled in the vacant seat of Hamilton for the 2020 Shakir Grand Prix because the 36-year-old Mercedes driver tested covid positive. The Williams racer finished ninth with Mercedes and also was the fastest car on the circuit. The German constructors were impressed with his skills to adapt to their car in such a short time.
Further, because of an old relationship between Wolff and Russell, there are chances for the Briton to move to Silver Arrows in the future. Even George himself hinted many times on a move to Mercedes in the future.
Max Verstappen and George Russell are busy preparing with their respective teams for the upcoming race in the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari on April 18. We might expect some spectacular performance from both the young prodigies in the second race at Imola strengthening their case in the cause.
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