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Russell recalls how he once dismissed an offer from Mercedes

Mercedes driver George Russell says he once risked being permanently cast aside by Mercedes when he refused the German manufacturer's support during his formative years in motorsport. Russell will take his F1 career to the next level this season as a member of Mercedes' championship winning squad, a just reward for his impressive three-year apprenticeship with Williams. But the 23-year-old could have followed a very different path to the summit or indeed could have been side-tracked altogether by a dicey call once made by the Briton. In early 2015, Russell was approached by Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff in the wake of his winning campaign in the 2014 British Formula 4 title, with the...
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