Could Russell match Verstappen’s shock debut victory feat?

George Russell has dropped into the Mercedes setup with consummate ease, qualifying second at Sakhir. With parallels between his promotion and that of Max Verstappen in 2016, could he repeat the Red Bull driver’s feat and win first time out?

As impressive as George Russell’s Formula 1 career may have been to date, the way he has seamlessly slotted into the Mercedes squad in Bahrain has been remarkable.

A little over 24 hours after driving the Mercedes W11 car for the very first time in place of COVID-positive Lewis Hamilton, Russell qualified second for the Sakhir Grand Prix, falling just 0.026 seconds shy of a maiden pole position as he lost out narrowly to teammate Valtteri Bottas.

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