Merc's F1 car's troubles 'can only be remedied with a complete redesign' - George Russell

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The Mercedes-AMG team are having a difficult start to the 2021 F1 season.

• George Russell believes Mercedes is suffering from the same troubles as his Williams team.

• Russell says the two cars are sensitive to wind.

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George Russell thinks Mercedes' 2021 car could be suffering from a Williams-like sensitivity to the wind.

At the Bahrain season opener, Mercedes junior Russell said he thinks the biggest issue with his new Williams car was a newfound sensitivity to the wind as a result of the tweaked aerodynamic rules for 2021.

The British driver is quoted by Speed Week: "Mercedes is in the same boat as Williams when it comes to the car's sensitivity to wind. Something as fundamental as that can only be remedied with a complete redesign, which is not an option for us. I think Mercedes potentially has the same problem as us."

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Russell, 23, is being strongly linked with a works Mercedes seat for the future, and possibly as early as 2022 as Lewis Hamilton's new contract is for a single year only.

Red Bull reserve Alex Albon told GQ magazine: "Only he (Hamilton) knows if this will be his last season in Formula 1. It's my view that if my friend George Russell was to partner Lewis at Mercedes next year he could really challenge him."

When asked if he is ready for F1 'superstar status' as a works Mercedes driver, Russell said: "I don't get carried away with myself. I'll cross that bridge when I get to it."

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