Dave Robson is the present head of auto efficiency at Williams the place the 23-year-old has been impressing in his earlier three seasons with the workforce.
Russell although has a contract with Mercedes, who this season are hoping Hamilton can win the workforce an eighth consecutive drivers’ title, which might even be an eighth general for the Brit, taking him previous document holder Michael Schumacher.
George Russell has impressed at Williams regardless of operating at he again of the grid for the workforce
Russell although had an opportunity to driver for Mercedes final 12 months rather than Hamilton after he contracted coronavirus and was extremely unlucky to not win the Sakhir Grand Prix after workforce errors outdoors of his management robbed him of victory.
Now Robson believes the potential is in Russell to comply with within the footsteps of Hamilton on the Silver Arrows having first met the King’s Lynn born driver earlier than his first F1 season in 2019.
‘I feel there are positively some similarities there,’ Robson was quoted at motorsport.com.
Russell (entrance) has outperformed his F1 team-mates and has been tipped for the highest
The Kings Lynn born star, who has a contact with Mercedes, has seen his abilities in contrast with seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton (proper) who drives for the Silver Arrows
‘They usually had been apparent from the primary time I met George and we ran him within the simulator in Grove. Then we went up and run him across the airfield in a street automotive.
‘Once more, there was one thing. There was one thing there. I feel the expertise is there. I feel he’s very near Lewis and has the potential to get there. For certain.’
Robson had beforehand labored with Hamilton when he was a junior driver at McLaren previous to his beautiful debut season in 2007 the place he missed out on successful the title on the ultimate race earlier than touchdown his first crown a 12 months later.
He described how whilst a rookie driver he stood other than his friends by having a ‘particular high quality’.
Standing in for Hamilton finally 12 months’s Sakhir Grand Prix he was unlucky to not win the race
‘There’s simply that one thing about him,’ he added. ‘That particular high quality that you would be able to’t actually outline. That was apparent proper from when he was only a child and [McLaren] took him testing at Elvington [airfield, for a straight-line aerodynamic test run] – going up and down the runway.
‘He was bored stiff after 10 minutes. Whereas most children, once you take took them to Elvington, they had been simply satisfied to bits to be in an F1 automotive – though they had been simply going up and down the runway.’
Together with Russell, Hamilton might be again in motion subsequent Sunday for the Monaco Grand Prix the place the championship chief might be in search of a 3rd straight win and a fourth in rive races as he continues to battle Pink Bull’s Max Verstappen for the title.