Max Verstappen has been waiting patiently for Lewis Hamilton to move over so he can become F1’s biggest star. However, George Russell may ruin the Dutchman’s dream as his stock has risen ten-fold.
Verstappen has been Hamilton’s biggest challenger over the last two years despite being in an inferior car.
Many pundits and fans have tipped the Red Bull ace to be a future world title winner.
None of the younger drivers on the grid have been able to fight at the front of the pack like Verstappen has.
That was until Russell showed he has what it takes to mingle with the best at the Sakhir Grand Prix last weekend.
Mercedes have dominated both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championship since 2014 and it has often been claimed their success is down to their vehicle.
His hopes of winning a Drivers’ Championship is still a huge possibility but there are signs it will no longer be an easy task.
If Russell is given a Mercedes drive in 2022, when Valtteri Bottas or Hamilton could step away, then it will turn Verstappen’s dream into a nightmare.