Jolyon Palmer: "Mercedes should have chosen Lando Norris instead of George Russell"



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Jolyon Palmer: "Mercedes should have chosen Lando Norris instead of George Russell"

Former Formula 1 driver Jolyon Palmer believes Mercedes should have chosen Lando Norris instead of George Russell for 2022. George Russell, who has been part of Mercedes ’junior program since 2017, has been given a management position on the German team after spending three years at weak Williams.

The British driver has impressed with his performance over the past year and has done fantastic things with the Grove team, especially in qualifying. He was in 2020 in a Mercedes at the Sakhir GP (replacing the infected Hamilton) where he could immediately register a victory, but he was prevented from doing so by the clumsy pit stop of the German team.

George Russell was brought in as a replacement for Valtteri Bottas, and the Finnish driver left for Alfa Romeo after five seasons in Mercedes. Lando Norris, on the other hand, enjoyed his successful 2021 season at McLaren.

Lando Norris has impressed many in the paddock with its constant performance throughout the year.

Jac Nicholls opinion

Speaking in a podcast for the Checkered Flag on Formula 1, commentator Jack Nicholls said: "If I'm a Mercedes and have a free choice in that second seat with Hamilton, I think I'll choose Lando Norris instead of George Russell after this year."

Jolyon Palmer agreed with the statement, citing Lando Norris' defensive drive against Lewis Hamilton in Sochi last year as an example of his driving. “I’m going with Jack in that, I’m going with Lando” Palmer says.

"The way he held Lewis Hamilton at the end of the Sochi race until his strategy and choice of tires run away from him: he was amazing." "For a driver who has never won a race, that the seven-time world champion is breathing down his neck in a Mercedes…" “Then it started to rain, and he got off the track a few times: he drifted around, but (he) kept Hamilton.

We all know how good he is in rainy conditions, and (he was) behind him. I think those were really legendary things from Lando Norris. ” Lando Norris signed a multi-year contract with McLaren last year. The young British driver has been on the Woking team since 2019.

For the 2021 season, he stood on the podium four times, finishing the season in 6th place. Clearly, George Russell is a great driver, but most also agree with Palmer that Lando Norris is much better at the moment. Still, next season will show everything