Eddie Jordan believes that the balance of power at Mercedes has shifted from Lewis Hamilton’s side of the garage to newcomer George Russell, who he says surprised all since his promotion from Williams.
After seven rounds as a fully-fledged Mercedes driver, Russell has proved to be one of the standout performers in an often out of sorts car, nevertheless outshining seven-time F1 World Champion teammate Hamilton in the process by 34 points so far this season.
Regarding 24-year-old Russell’s performance relative to 37-year-old Hamilton, so far this season, Jordan told Channel 4: “I think it’s a big surprise, everybody globally, in Formula 1 context, thinks that Lewis Hamilton is top dog.
“But he’s no longer top dog, not even in that team because Russell has taken his perch away. And I think it’s very interesting to watch and I want to see how Lewis is going to overcome that,” added the former F1 team owner.
Of course, Mercedes rubbished Jordan’s notion of a power shift within the ranks, with team boss Toto Wolff fobbing off the remarks, “I hardly follow it and, when I pick up one or two remarks, I can only smile about them. George is doing a good job, but that’s exactly what we expected of him, that’s why he’s with Mercedes.”
Summarising their Sunday in Monaco, Wolff said after the race: “It was a strong afternoon for George. And a really frustrating one for Lewis. There were the laps stuck with Esteban, who got penalised for the collision, then the slow pace from Alonso, without which Lewis could have been racing Lando and George.
“It was another reminder that track position is everything here – and that we are the third team on the road. We have learned some important lessons about the car this weekend, and that learning will be the basis of rebuilding our performance to fight again at the front of the field,” added Wolff.
Ahead of Round 8, next weekend’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Russell lies fourth in the 2022 F1 drivers’ championship standings on 84 points, Hamilton is sixth on 50; Mercedes are third in the constructors’ standings.
Worth noting: Jordan’s F1 team – who famously gave Michael Schumacher his F1 debut and launched a legend – contested the top flight from 1991 to 2005, and thereafter a colourful a journey that endured name changes from Midland, Spyker, Force India, Racing Point and for now Aston Martin.