Mercedes may have another George Russell who can replace Lewis Hamilton | F1 | Sport

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In one race, De Vries had managed to get some points on the board and achieve something Latifi had failed to do in 16 races this season.

Not only did it match the best finish by a Williams driver this season, it also ensured De Vries joined esteemed company such as Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg in scoring points on his debut. Within hours of his impressive drive, he was being linked to seats with Williams, Alpine and Mercedes.

It may just be the first step towards something greater in the future too. De Vries, as a Mercedes reserve, will be dreaming of one day putting on the Silver Arrows as one of their two drivers. Hamilton’s contract expires in 2023, meaning he may need to bide his time with Williams for next season.

But after that, it seems feasible that after his impressive debut and proof that he is champion material, Mercedes could line up with Russell and De Vries for the long-term.

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