F1 odds: Bookies' predict George Russell's chances against Lewis Hamilton as Mercedes move looms

GEORGE RUSSELL appears to be nailed on to become Lewis Hamilton's teammate at Mercedes next season after Valtteri Bottas signed a deal to join Alfa Romeo.

The young Brit will go up against Hamilton at Mercedes in a new era of F1 with drastic rule changes and a new-look car on the horizon for 2022.

Betfair have priced up Russell's chances for next year as he is rumoured to be on the brink of announcing his move to Mercedes.

The 23-year-old is as short as 5/2 to outscore Hamilton next season.

Meanwhile the current Williams driver is 9/2 to win his home Grand Prix at Silverstone in 2022 in front of the British crowd.

Russell is the same price at 5/1 to win the Drivers World Championship next year as well as to win five or more races in 2022.

George Russell 2022 specials – Betfair

  • George Russell to outscore Lewis Hamilton in 2022 – 5/2
  • George Russell to win the 2022 Drivers World Championship – 5/1
  • George Russell to win 5+ races in the 2022 season – 5/1
  • George Russell to win the 2022 British Grand Prix – 9/2
  • George Russell to win the Drivers World Championship in his F1 career – 1/5
  • Lewis Hamilton to leave Mercedes before George Russell – 1/10

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Next year may be too much of an ask for the youngster, but he is odds-on at 1/5 to win a world title during his F1 career.

Despite fighting at the back of the grid with Williams, Russell has shown great potential in his first three years in F1.

Russell also impressed Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff when he stepped in for Lewis Hamilton in Bahrain last year at the last minute, only to outshine Bottas.

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