Max Verstappen wouldn't 'outdrive' George Russell as Mercedes consider F1 star

However, the evidence was there that Russell was more than capable of racing at the front of the grid and Anderson doesn’t think Verstappen’s dominance at Red Bull would be the same with someone like Russell alongside him.

“The opposition is your teammate and Max Verstappen is a lot faster than his current teammate,” he said on The Race podcast.

“One of the biggest differences between teammates over the season. Lot’s of excuses for it, but that’s the way it is.

“Max drives the car he can drive. His driving talent or adaptability to driving that car is very very good, but he’s just a human being.