El Scorchio wrote: ↑
Sun Aug 01, 2021 5:04 pm
wunderkind wrote: ↑
Sun Aug 01, 2021 4:57 pm
Big Tea wrote: ↑
Sun Aug 01, 2021 1:39 pm
Me too, but we don't know all the ins and outs
I actually think it’s the right time to bring Russell into Mercedes for 2022 and beyond. Hamilton will definitely retire on a high as the GOAT if he wins the championship this year and then the one in 2022 (regardless of his 2023 contractual obligations). Russell will be Hamilton’s wingman for 2022 only and then become the team-leader from 2023 on, unless Toto can pry Verstappen from RedBull for 2023 and beyond.
TBH unless Russell is a big flop for Mercedes, then I don’t think Verstappen is ever getting a drive there. Especially after the last couple of weeks.
If it doesn’t work out with Russell, they’ll do what it takes to get Lando.
People in management are not like Internet fans of Hamilton. They look for profitability and whatever it takes to bring together best driver, they would do. Alonso wasn't liked by Ferrari in Schumacher days, but they signed him. He wasn't liked by McLaren after 2007, but they signed him too. So it's never say never.
Big question is, will Mercedes manage to make another "seconds a lap quicker car", in which case, they can put any driver from the grid and they continue to win. But if they don't and are just on par, then they would be desperate to bring the best driver on the grid if Russell doesn't deliver. If McLaren and Red Bull have on par cars, neither Lando, nor Max would be willing to jump ship! That would be very interesting scenario.