Stefano Domenicali agrees with Toto Wolff about George Russell

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has previously claimed that George Russell has the potential to win the Drivers’ Championship.

Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali believes that Mercedes driver George Russell has the capability to one day lift the Drivers’ title, having shown his skill behind the wheel.

The Brit secured his first podium in the 2021 season for Williams, taking advantage of the tricky conditions to secure a strong qualifying spot, and his first victory last year at the Brazilian Grand Prix, dominating the Sprint and feature race.

Despite the challenging performance of the Mercedes car in the new era of regulations, Russell has shown his consistency, picking up the pieces when rivals fall down and using qualifying to secure the best start in the race.

Russell even managed to outscore seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton last year, showing his ability to challenge a legend of the sport when given equal machinery.

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With the strong showing from Russell over the past few years, it’s not surprising that Formula 1 officials have noticed his talent, with Domenicali citing the Brit as a future star of the sport.

“There’s a great future for Formula One,” Domenicali told the Daily Mail, recognising the likes of George Russell, Lando Norris and Charles Leclerc.

“I think they know who must take the decisions.”

The comments come after Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff backed his driver to thrive when he gets a car that can compete against the best.

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“George is a champion in the making and he was a champion in all the junior categories, in F3, F2, as a rookie,” Wolff said. 

“We would have never put him in a Mercedes if we didn’t believe he can be a future world champion.”

Russell is currently sat in sixth place in the Drivers’ Standings, with 40 points, 79 behind title leader Max Verstappen and 16 points behind his teammate Lewis Hamilton.