The young drivers currently in Formula 1 are phenomenally exciting, with the likes of Lando Norris and George Russell proving that they can compete with veterans of the sport like Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel.
Lewis Hamilton’s defeat to his new teammate in 2022 may be the biggest indicator yet that the tide is beginning to turn in Formula 1, as George Russell managed to outscore the 38-year-old racing legend.
Both Norris and Russell represent an exciting future for British motorsport, with both drivers showing that they have the potential to become a future world champion, should they be given a winning car.
British racing icon Sir Jackie Stewart has now revealed who he wants to win the championship in 2023, suggesting that Lewis Hamilton’s time at the pinnacle of motorsport may be coming to an end.
“There’s a wonderful collection of people right now,” he told the Express.
“We’ve got now in Britain three of the best racing drivers in the world.
“You’ve got Lewis who’s been winning time after time after time with the unfortunately German car company. But that German car company gets all their F1 cars built in [Brackley] because Britain is the capital of technology for motorsport.
“Our young British racing drivers today, I’d love one to win the world championship this season. That would be fantastic.”
Having shown that he can beat Lewis Hamilton over the course of a season in equal machinery, George Russell has every right to be optimistic about his championship chances this year, should the W14 be a significant improvement of the W13.
Lando Norris’ situation is a bit more complicated however, as McLaren CEO Zak Brown has suggested that it could take until 2025 for McLaren to produce a car capable of winning a championship title.
The 23-year-old will be hoping that this timeline is correct, but Red Bull are reportedly sniffing around the Brit as a potential replacement for Sergio Perez in the future, should McLaren not be able to live up to their promises in the coming years.