Formula 1 Managing Director Ross Brawn believes there is only one decision for Mercedes next year with regards to who is Lewis Hamilton's teammate in 2022.
George Russell showcased his talent once more at the Belgian Grand Prix by qualifying on the front row of the grid in his Williams. Due to the bizarre set of circumstances in the race, Russell took a maiden F1 podium at Spa on Sunday.
"He doesn't have a front-row car but in those tricky conditions in qualifying, he trounced people with far better cars than he had," Brawn wrote in his post-race F1 column.
"In my view, there is only one decision for Mercedes next year with regards the second seat."
RacingNews365.com has learned that a deal has been signed to bring Russell to Mercedes next year, replacing Valtteri Bottas.
Brawn reckons the Belgian GP provided more evidence about Russell's talent, which he thinks is reminiscent of two-time F1 World Champion Fernando Alonso.
"We all know George Russell has a fantastic talent," said Brawn. "We have seen it a lot at Williams, and we saw it amplified at Mercedes, when he stood in for Lewis Hamilton at the Sakhir Grand Prix last year.
"George's performance reminded me a lot of Fernando Alonso when he drove at a wet Spa for Minardi in 2001.
"He was mighty impressive in a car that clearly was not up to the job. In those conditions, the ratio of driver to car changes – and we saw that with George on Saturday."
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