Why Mercedes had to replace Hamilton with Russell and what's really at stake

Mercedes’ decision to call-up George Russell to fill-in for Lewis Hamilton at the Sakhir GP gives it an opportunity to evaluate a potential star of the future in a live environment on an F1 weekend. In this video Scott Mitchell explains why Mercedes had to take that opportunity, rather than handing the seat to reserve driver Stoffel Vandoorne, and we look ahead to how Russell will really be judged against Valtteri Bottas, beyond pure results
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  • Russel driving a Mercedes 🤩🤯

    YouTubeYouTubeАй мурун
    • admin forgot to switch account

      Steve StavynziSteve Stavynzi4 күн мурун
    • It’s everyday you see KGcode commenting.

      Smijo JojuSmijo Joju6 күн мурун
    • KGcode on to the F1 game as well huh. Cool 👀

      SkywaveX38SkywaveX387 күн мурун
    • ayo what

      Devan GadhiaDevan Gadhia7 күн мурун
    • It's Russell you fucknuts

      Nelson GloverNelson Glover9 күн мурун
  • There is a "GENUINE SLOW PUNCTURE" A phrase never heard of from the pit lane ever in Formula one!! Yeh right, MB did not want him to show up Bottas when they had just agreed on fresh terms for the coming season with him!! Russell embarrassed the whole team with his performance!

    john moncrieffjohn moncrieffКүн мурун
  • Mercedes should offer Lewis to alpine in exchange for fernando Alonso. That would vastly improve their brand and give the viewers a great spectacle.

    Chris FlemingChris FlemingКүн мурун
  • The need to replace bottas!

    matias Hagermatias Hager2 күн мурун
  • The first engine was burn in the USA by a blk man

    RICHIE KLuTcHRICHIE KLuTcH3 күн мурун
  • So Hamilton got a knighthood for beating Bottas basically.

    Anthony ATAnthony AT4 күн мурун
  • They should have replaced bottas

    Aviation NerdsAviation Nerds5 күн мурун
    • @Leon Lukah np also I’m a new f1 fan yay!

      Aviation NerdsAviation Nerds4 күн мурун
    • @Aviation Nerds That could be a good idea. Also, thanks for informing me of the right term for the current pandemic we are living in.

      Leon LukahLeon Lukah4 күн мурун
    • @Leon Lukah also it’s corona

      Aviation NerdsAviation Nerds4 күн мурун
    • @Leon Lukah no I’m saying that if George Russell had a open seat in Mercedes they should remove bottas

      Aviation NerdsAviation Nerds4 күн мурун
    • But bottas didnt have la rona

      Leon LukahLeon Lukah4 күн мурун
  • Man, He's a BEAST when he was on Mercedes, Would love to see him in Mercedes team on 2021

    JrPJrP7 күн мурун
  • Get Hamilton out

    Jordan andrewsJordan andrews7 күн мурун
    • Why would they get the best formula 1 driver in history out?

      Leon LukahLeon Lukah4 күн мурун
  • He deserved to win

    I Love GrapesI Love Grapes8 күн мурун
  • Lol. Lewis has 15% too much Black in him. He spoke out too much about that 15% Black issues

    John DoughJohn Dough10 күн мурун
  • I wonder who they will bring in too partner with Bottas now that Hamilton is a free agent.

    LotacyLotacy10 күн мурун
  • I never trusted this crap driver

    Amy WilliamsAmy Williams10 күн мурун
  • FIA should make the rule the works teams are required to use the reserve driver/ junior team driver in 3 races at any point during the season and they can race in place of the #1 or #2 driver The reserve driver points if earned are double the points available to the rest of the grid for the same position during the race and for the constructors championship.

    MR Andersson - matrix accountMR Andersson - matrix account16 күн мурун
  • I always respected Williams for letting their driver go after winning the title. Mercedes seems the complete opposite and does not like creating a more challenging environment and stick to the old formula by keeping Hamilton and Bottas. Now i understand the words "never change a winning team", but i also understand the concept of "do change a winning team" as Williams did often.

    FastbikkelFastbikkel17 күн мурун
  • Hamilton was a liability politically.

    Major ChungusMajor Chungus18 күн мурун
  • He will never be better then Hamilton

    Hudson HayerHudson Hayer18 күн мурун
  • how mercedes just pay hamilton 10x more than russell, he is ready to take wins as we saw

    supermodsupermod21 күн мурун
  • 1:55 You sure about that?

    M4rcinM4rcin22 күн мурун
  • As much as we all love botas..... in just one race with merc we seen who really deserves that seat

    El Martincho PinchoEl Martincho Pincho22 күн мурун
  • Hilarious in hindsight. Russell not only destroyed Bottas, but proved Hamilton is overrated, lol

    tcjensen1tcjensen122 күн мурун
  • The car was renumbered the 63 for the race.

    skeleguns 10,ooo,oooskeleguns 10,ooo,ooo22 күн мурун
  • Yes it does matter. Completely different meaning in using the wrong word. Metre/meter, flare/flair, son/sun. Would you be worried if you bought your girlfriend a 24 carrot ring?

    Richard BoyesRichard Boyes26 күн мурун
  • He's finally going to get his first long-awaited point at least!

    nieooj gotoynieooj gotoy28 күн мурун
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    Karlie SloaneKarlie Sloane28 күн мурун
  • i thought it was because GR has a 10 year deal with Toto?

    Roland LawrenceRoland Lawrence29 күн мурун
    • If this race didn’t prove to everyone what the value of all of Hamilton’s pole and race wins “records” really are (nothing), then it’s only because of willful blindness. Put Hamilto

      nieooj gotoynieooj gotoy28 күн мурун
  • Toto and Lewis were counting on Bottas staying in front due to many factors, mostly unfamiliarity I think. I also think they planned on Max cutting in between the Mercs leaving Georges best case P3. I'm not 100% certain that the botched double stack was legit. I don't even know if George TRULY had the wrong tires on his car. I realize to most this might sound like a conspiracy theory but you need to think about the ramifications to Lewis's "GOAT" narrative should George have easily won.

    Feline PrimeFeline PrimeАй мурун
  • Mercedes: chooses Russel to replace Hamilton 👍 Mercedes: pretends that Ocon never existed 😂

    DreamyDreamyАй мурун
    • Really amazing

      yasio boloyasio bolo29 күн мурун
  • would be a fun video!!

    Ailsa NiAilsa NiАй мурун
    • The only practice and full race I have WANTED to watch for some years, proves what I have thought about Mr L H, if George Russell can drive a car not set up for him, in a real

      yasio boloyasio bolo29 күн мурун
  • Just goes to show its not Lewis winning its the car.

    Stuart AustinStuart AustinАй мурун
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    Giovanni BeltranGiovanni BeltranАй мурун
    • Brang it on!! George Russell; my man!! Killin it in a Mercedes F1.. Love ya work, baby!! Lookin good!! 👍🏾👍🏾

      Ailsa NiAilsa NiАй мурун
  • Formula video + listening to the music I like (Delta Parole, Metallica and other) make me feel the speed and excitement!

    formulafanformulafanАй мурун
  • Hamilton .........Kangz!

    Zeno CZeno CАй мурун
  • "Modern F1 doesn't allow you to simply jump into another car and be competitive ... " eheheeh

    ceerw butyceerw butyАй мурун
  • It is funny to watch this a week later having seen how George dealt with the weekend, there is a legend in the making.

    James YoungJames YoungАй мурун
  • Let's face it. Hamilton is a fraud multi champion, Russell in that car left everyone behind him, it was just pure bad luck he didn't win. I've said this about Hamilton for years, The car is the star, not him.

    Max DaltonMax DaltonАй мурун
    • my mind after this video: okay, okay, oww kay

      ceerw butyceerw butyАй мурун
  • Brit for Brit

    JasonJasonАй мурун
  • Mercedes should have taken the chance with Russell and Hamilton as their drivers for 2021.

    David MorganDavid MorganАй мурун
  • And the lad was robbed.

    iain c photographyiain c photographyАй мурун
    • Twice

      George Russell Fan 63George Russell Fan 6312 күн мурун
  • Damnit dude you almost gave me a heart attack when you said “losing Lewis Hamilton due to COVID-19”. Please don’t do that again

    yasio boloyasio boloАй мурун
  • My grand parents nextdoor neighbough is friends with him

    djb313djb313Ай мурун
  • If this race didn’t prove to everyone what the value of all of Hamilton’s pole and race wins “records” really are (nothing), then it’s only because of willful blindness. Put Hamilton in this year’s Williams and he’d never get out of the bottom third of the grid. Those “records” belong to the car, which is, and has been for Hamilton’s entire career there, by far the best car available to anyone, and pretty much anyone put into it would appear to be “one of the best drivers ever.” That’s what this race showed to anyone not blind to the reality.

    Larry CloettaLarry CloettaАй мурун
    • Damnit dude you almost gave me a heart attack when you said “losing Lewis Hamilton due to COVID-19”. Please don’t do that again

      yasio boloyasio boloАй мурун
  • Here's a thought.....now that Bottas and prima donna Hamilton have been found out. Mercedes could pay Russell ten times his current salary and save themselves around 30+ million pounds a year!

    Michael RossMichael RossАй мурун
  • George deserves the seat in Mercedes, he proofed it last week, he simple need powerful car :)

    Rafael.MY.onlineRafael.MY.onlineАй мурун
  • The only practice and full race I have WANTED to watch for some years, proves what I have thought about Mr L H, if George Russell can drive a car not set up for him, in a real race this well (he won in my mind) then he should be driving in the top car team. An AMAZING performance for George, Mr L H should move over and show how good he is in a lesser car. If George is driving in the next race, I will WANT to watch the race! And all the race!

    MERCURY RV MotorhomesMERCURY RV MotorhomesАй мурун
  • Brang it on!! George Russell; my man!! Killin it in a Mercedes F1.. Love ya work, baby!! Lookin good!! 👍🏾👍🏾

    Rodney HarryRodney HarryАй мурун
  • The cars the winner, so save money Hamilton on 40m , bring in Russel on 10m, results will be the same, give the savings to development team to stay ahead of the rest.

    Common SensicleCommon SensicleАй мурун
  • ahahaha hamilton would suck in a slow car

    --Ай мурун
  • This is all a bit simple and says nothing we already know.

    Max GMax GАй мурун
  • As soon as Lewis Hamilton equals Schumacher's record, How conveniently for him to get Covid 19 and for Mercedes to replace him with George Russell. Which in my book being a BLACK MAN you can equal a record but don't break it.

    Brent BartleyBrent BartleyАй мурун
  • I’m not a Hamilton fan and this substitute showed that it’s the car and team that’s most important in winning.

    Peter LFPeter LFАй мурун
  • Russell showed that Hamilton's Mercedes will make you a winner. Even if you're a junior in a car you're not familiar with. Hamilton can't wait to get his car back before that kid embarrasses him again.

    Autobahn Vault, LLCAutobahn Vault, LLCАй мурун
  • "Russell won't beat bottas." Famous last words

    bouytt guytbouytt guytАй мурун
  • Russel is Hamiltons replacement , its that simple .. He exposed Bottas .

    Jonathan VogelJonathan VogelАй мурун
  • Lando won't be calling George on stream asking for tips for starting at the back of the grid anymore

    trebor8143trebor8143Ай мурун
    • So when the news of Hamilton's seat empty for Sunday's race, how many drivers put their hand up?

      bouytt guytbouytt guytАй мурун
  • Damnit dude you almost gave me a heart attack when you said “losing Lewis Hamilton due to COVID-19”. Please don’t do that again

    soiung toiuesoiung toiueАй мурун
    • Smh

      minners71minners71Ай мурун
  • Lewis tested false positive bet he asymptomatic

    John PlattJohn PlattАй мурун
  • Russell showed what I’ve always said. Hamilton is weak sauce and just incredibly lucky.. He destroyed the entire field. Until the VS and then the flat. Bad juju that always benefits the other guy. Looked exactly the same as If Hamilton was in the car. Bottas ain’t great either. Lucky to have that ride. Hamilton just continues to rack up records because he has an advantage unlike the racing world has never seen. Russell who has never finished with a point goes out and was half a lap ahead and easily driving away from Bottas in a car he was completely unfamiliar with speaks volumes on who definitely ain’t the GOAT. Thanks Covid, you keep giving!

    edward mitomaedward mitomaАй мурун
    • he’s amazing

      soiung toiuesoiung toiueАй мурун
  • Damnit dude you almost gave me a heart attack when you said “losing Lewis Hamilton due to COVID-19”. Please don’t do that again

    Minty PodMinty PodАй мурун
    • Smh

      minners71minners71Ай мурун
  • Hamilton is a d bag so its great seeing Russell.

    FiberopFiberopАй мурун
  • Obviously this vid was posted before the race. I've seen the last race. No comment !!

    Eneas TavoraEneas TavoraАй мурун
  • Replace Hamilton

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    Myr RosenMyr RosenАй мурун
  • The result of the race just proves Hamilton is surely not the greatest F1 driver, when Russel a virtual novice can drive like he did in the same car , its definately the car that won Hamilton the titles, not a level playing field.

    JohnJohnАй мурун
  • Dump Hamilton, replace with Russell, save $35M

    Will PineWill PineАй мурун
    • You bet that though already crossed their minds.

      Autobahn Vault, LLCAutobahn Vault, LLCАй мурун
  • 4:25 Lmao, imagine having a 444k subs KGcode channel about F1 and failing at that point to predict something so obvious.

    Tsubasa GenzoTsubasa GenzoАй мурун
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    Broderick CarterBroderick CarterАй мурун
  • So when the news of Hamilton's seat empty for Sunday's race, how many drivers put their hand up?

    sehhi vootysehhi vootyАй мурун
  • They have to!

    riorioАй мурун
  • Formula one should have wildcard entries. That would make it more interesting.

    rob biddlecomberob biddlecombeАй мурун
    • Mercedes should stick with white drivers

      sehhi vootysehhi vootyАй мурун
  • it's not George Russell's fault that you're making a mistake if you had not pulled him into the pitstop where you swap pm on the cover then there would have been a great chance he had won I'm just about to believe that Toto would have to lose or something do not quite believe in it but you could now well believe what I thought you should give George the chance at the last race this year and you should not ruin that race for George

    Søren LaustsenSøren LaustsenАй мурун
  • I don't really a fan of George Russel

    Jade-Anzary B. MaguidJade-Anzary B. MaguidАй мурун
  • Replacing Bottas to Russel not Hamilton..

    mohd nasirmohd nasirАй мурун
  • Because he is a B team for Ham. Since 2017

    summer windsummer windАй мурун
  • Replace Lewis Hamilton, I’d like to see Lewis drive a lesser car

    Avg, JoesAvg, JoesАй мурун
    • He would retire before that happens

      VENOM OBLVENOM OBLКүн мурун
    • @niuean3000 he had only one championship before joining mercedes....

      devil's daddevil's dad5 күн мурун
    • Just swap Russell and Hamilton for 2021 season. If Hamilton still wins the championship, then he will worth 50 Million a year. If not.....but Russell wins the championship, then Hamilton pays Russell 50 Million from his own pocket.....I think it's a fair deal.

      Boyz In PainBoyz In Pain11 күн мурун
    • @Daniel lewis has the consistency and the good decision making dude

      Noishiru -_-Noishiru -_-22 күн мурун
    • I'd like to see hamilton sacked

      Defund the BBCDefund the BBC24 күн мурун
  • Hopefully it's the end of that whinging tosser Lewis

    AJ MediaAJ MediaАй мурун
  • You really didnt think they would let him win!! Oh sorry we had put the wrong tyres on because were so thick.just would of proved it's just the car.

    jason westjason westАй мурун
  • Humourless Hamilton is widely dis-liked by the British public.

    cyborg1320cyborg1320Ай мурун
    • The whole world🗺️🌍🌎 wildly affectionately love❤️💋💜♥️💖💗 the King 👑Lewis Hamilton 💋❤️💜♥️💖💙💗💋👍😃😊. While on the other hand, on the opposite side, you wildly Dislike yourself and you hate your own Soul. What a Sad Viral-Mess (like Covid-19) you Dug up for yourself and wallow yourself in. No Way Out for you!!!

      Helen GreenHelen Green22 күн мурун
    • Get well soon hamilton his my mf role model

      Regdu GehtRegdu GehtАй мурун
  • Lewis helps develop the car can Russell do that right now

    Adedolapo AdenaiyaAdedolapo AdenaiyaАй мурун
    • @Adedolapo Adenaiya even without that feedback merc is unstoppable

      LdullLdullАй мурун
    • @Chloe B very funny shall we then say Russell is better than Hamilton cos I'm pretty sure Hamilton's feedback on car development is better than Russell's

      Adedolapo AdenaiyaAdedolapo AdenaiyaАй мурун
  • 4:52 oh boy, how he did impress. still makes me so sad. but the win for Perez was deserved, so I don't know what to think.

    Richard LíznerRichard LíznerАй мурун
  • Bottas is a beast, a natural born racer. Unfortunately his car has been acting up like a wheel burrow this year with broken floors and flat tyres name it he’s had it this year. He gets poles and wins races. He’s the one

    Sky-viewSky-viewАй мурун
  • Have you done a post-race follow-up video?

    Get More Clicks MediaGet More Clicks MediaАй мурун
  • Hamilton will be getting more hair replacement treatments.

    Regdu GehtRegdu GehtАй мурун
  • Lewis should make another excuse letting George go again nx week

    top guntop gunАй мурун
  • Russell beating Bottas was realistic but perhaps unlikely. Look how he owned Kubica and Latifi and his history winning those feeder series... This jerk knows nothing. Unsubbed.

    TheRealD4VIDTheRealD4VIDАй мурун
  • Put Russell in bottas places he give lulu cry bby a run for his money

    Doraan CilliersDoraan CilliersАй мурун
  • SOOOOOOOO...masks don´t work.Nex hysterical fallacy.

    phaleg1977phaleg1977Ай мурун
  • Fire Bottas who can’t handle the pressure, put Russell in his place and cut the niggah’s salary in half. That’s when we’ll see how good both of them really are.

    ventisette.ventisette.Ай мурун
    • @Chloe B or Merc doesn‘t sign him anymore

      LdullLdullАй мурун
  • Hamilton out. Russell in. Thank you.

    sikajaperkelesikajaperkeleАй мурун
  • Get well soon hamilton his my mf role model

    Shakiel MorechanlallShakiel MorechanlallАй мурун
  • wow, i realize that I'm getting older as I watch F1 drivers are now just like small boys who just graduated from middle school...

    wyunaboywyunaboyАй мурун
  • is it just a matter of 1 season before George Russel replaces Bottas!!!! would be great to see 2 British Drivers in a Mercedes Machine :-)

    Carl SimmonsCarl SimmonsАй мурун
    • @Carl Simmons Me too, I'd, love to see that happen. You never know it might still happen, and if Russell can live up to expectations Mercedes would have the best car and the best drivers, and as long as things don't get too dirty I think Lewis would welcome the challenge from Russell, and Russell's driving would improve, I remember when Lewis was partnered with Button even though Button was a world champion Lewis outshined Button, and Buttons driving improved a lot during that period.

      Ed FranEd FranАй мурун
    • @Ed Fran totally fine with that, just like the idea of 2 British Drivers in the same team.

      Carl SimmonsCarl SimmonsАй мурун
    • Could be, but remember Mercedes is a German company

      Ed FranEd FranАй мурун
  • im no Merc fan but they should really be looking into breaking contract with Botas and signing Rusell. current Champ with future champ

    DIgitusSmartasDIgitusSmartasАй мурун
  • Surely Russell has proven himself worthy of a top team place!

    patriot unionpatriot unionАй мурун
  • How many others could be world champion driving the best car ?

    GarryGarryАй мурун
    • 18

      LdullLdullАй мурун
  • Never liked Hamilton, but I Don't think that he's ill, stop those lies, everyones got tired of lies, believe me...

    Dave MichaelDave MichaelАй мурун
  • Here from the future He fucked up

    KoraghKoraghАй мурун
    • nah

      LdullLdullАй мурун
  • Hamilton should stay home and count his money. Formula One is much more interesting without him

    Krung ThepKrung ThepАй мурун
  • They could also take Kubica... Or not? It would be easier... And with better results...

    KarsonNowKarsonNowАй мурун
  • russel is best for mercedes

    peyman farazmandpeyman farazmandАй мурун
    • of Hamilton unless he retires which is not good for F1 if he says on for many more years.

      toijg avnnrtoijg avnnrАй мурун