I'm not sure a podium elsewhere is an issue. They'll be able to see exactly how good he is in terms of speed and potential from what he does in the Williams. (Where he has been consistently good- especially in qualifying) They also have some great data from the weekend and tests he's spent with the works team. He also showed in that Bahrain race he can be a winner in tricky circumstances and won't get overwhelmed. He does have to leave Williams to progress, but I don't think it's necessary for an intermediate step to another team to prove anything at this point.ringo wrote: ↑Tue Feb 02, 2021 1:39 amI have a hunch Russel will never get into a Mercedes seat without scoring a podium elsewhere.
As Totto says, he needs to see consistency from Russel first. 1 points scoring in a Mercedes doesn't gaurantee a race seat in the team. Even Max had to show consistently good results in Torro Rosso before he was promoted.
So unless Williams gets it together then Russel may never have that chance. He may have to try to convince other teams in getting him a seat; such as Mclaren, Renault, Aston Martin.
Bottas also had to prove himself before being promoted. So I do not think anything is promised to Russel. He needs to show some results. It's too much of a risk to Mercedes.
Fully expect him to go from Williams to the works team in 2022.