Why Mercedes has an F1 driver conundrum

Why Mercedes has an F1 driver conundrum

With two juniors already racing in Formula 1, Mercedes is well-stocked on the driver front. But where to put them presents a headache - and one British rising star will soon be increasing that pain

When it comes to Formula 1 drivers, Mercedes has rather an abundance of riches. Not only does it have a newly-minted four-time Formula 1 world champion in the shape of Lewis Hamilton, it also has Valtteri Bottas, currently closing in on second in the 2017 points standings, Esteban Ocon, getting better with each race at Force India, and Pascal Wehrlein, still Sauber's sole points scorer this year.

But Mercedes is about to have a driver problem - albeit a good one - thanks to the performances of another star on its books: up-and-coming Briton George Russell. He has just won the 2017 GP3 title and will make his grand prix weekend debut in Brazil on Friday.

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