Russell joined Mercedes at the start of the season after three impressive years at Williams. The Brit has done well in his first two races for the Silver Arrows, coming fourth and fifth in the Bahrain and Saudi Arabia Grand Prixs respectively – his best ever finishes in the sport.
But despite his strong showings, the King’s Lynn-born star has taken some flak for being unable to keep up with runaway leaders Ferrari and the ever-impressive Red Bull. And Coulthard has backed the prodigy, claiming that his team’s car this season is not up to standard – and that Russell has done well to keep up the pace.
“What’s actually happened is that Ferrari and Red Bull have come flying out of the blocks and there are some who might judge that George’s first couple of races have not been up to standard,” Coulthard told the Sunday Mirror. “I wouldn’t agree with that. I think he’s handled the car and the situation well.