“George’s talent is so great for his age and he deserves to be in the car that is capable of winning the championship and we fully support him in that.”
Whether Russell can pull off yet more brilliance on Sunday remains to be seen, but whatever happens, the Brit won’t ever forget his qualifying display in Belgium.
For Russell, while he will be dreaming of a podium spot in Belgium, he is now patiently waiting for Mercedes to make their final decision.
Meanwhile, Sunday’s race is finely poised, with the title race continuing to prove dramatic for F1 fans around the world.
Verstappen will be desperate to capitalise on his pole position with victory at the Belgian GP following a difficult few races beforehand at Silverstone and the Hungaroring.
The Red Bull driver currently sits eight points behind seven-time world champion Hamilton heading into Sunday’s race.