The Formula 1 World Championship went without any major surprises this season. At least that was the case so far. A single race was recently enough to cause excitement in the unique racing team of Mercedes of all places. That happened at a time when the team already made all the important decisions for that year. World champion Lewis Hamilton achieved his big goal without any problems. The Briton secured the title with a win in Turkey. That is also his seventh overall.
The defending champion and at the same time new world champion thus drew level with the record holder Michael Schuhmacher. Experts considered his seven world championships impossible to catch for a long time. But as the best driver in the field, Hamilton keeps the promise that cannot be maintained. In the best car that Formula 1 has to offer, he won victory after victory for years. This year the time had finally come. He drew level with Schumacher. His son Mick presented him with a helmet from his father as a gift. Everything seemed to be going according to plan for Mercedes. Hamilton himself has not yet wanted to enter into contract negotiations. His future in the team is still open. But the German team was not impressed by that. All experts assume that Hamilton will reach for the stars next year as well. Only one world title is still missing to become the sole record holder.
Seized A Unique Opportunity
But then the world champion fell surprisingly ill. It forced Hamilton to leave his cockpit to the Mercedes substitute driver George Russel. He got into the Mercedes in the penultimate race of the season and amazed the experts. The 22-year-old Briton dominated the race for a long time and only lost victory due to a massive mistake in the pits. A flat tire forced ninth place. The young driver has been with the team for a long time. They carefully built him up as a hope for the future. In the last race, he emphatically proved that he is already that far. When he suddenly switched to the racing cockpit, he did not initially fit into the car. The team ultimately tailored the cockpit to world champion Hamilton. George Russel’s performance went so far that observers now see him as the favourite for the second cockpit in the team. After all, team-mate Valtteri Bottas has been criticized for a long time. He is now under pressure from an undreamt-of side.
Russel could replace the Finn faster than he’d like. Bottas recently proved on his Instagram account that Bottas could not merely put up with the public discussion. There he changed the description of his profile and deleted the link to his team Mercedes. That suggests the rumours are true. There is a crisis in the relationship between the driver and his team. So world champion Lewis Hamilton may soon get a new partner at Mercedes. George Russel turned the Formula 1 world upside down in just one race. He took his chance and demonstrated his enormous talent. Now everyone is waiting eagerly to see how Mercedes will react to the new situation.