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Russell defends Bottas, praises Mercedes for not rushing to axe him

George Russell had commended his new team for the loyalty they showed his predecessor Valtteri Bottas during his five years with the team. The Finn signed to the German manufacturer ahead of the 2017 season after Nico Rosberg’s shock retirement having just won his one and only world title. Bottas had scored nine podiums in the first three years of the hybrid era with Williams, having scored his first Formula 1 points in Texas in 2013. Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff, who was also Bottas’ manager up until his signing, selected the 32-year-old as Rosberg’s replacement, and he would go on to race 101 times for the Silver Arrows. He won ten of those grand prix, but often struggled...
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