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George Russell eager for Lewis Hamilton Mercedes shot to test himself against F1’s GOAT

George Russell has praised Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton as “the greatest driver” of all time and says he relishes the prospect of racing wheel to wheel with the seven-time world champion if he’s in a more competitive car next season.

Hamilton confirmed he’d be staying at Mercedes for a further two years during the Austrian Grand Prix two weeks ago, as Max Verstappen extended his lead by 32 points with victory at the Red Bull Ring.

Russell, meanwhile, is still waiting to hear more on his future with the seven-time world champions, after boss Toto Wolff refused to rule out the Briton as an option alongside Hamilton for 2022, replacing Valtteri Bottas.

However, the 23-year-old, who is a free agent come the end of the year, admitted it would be a difficult task to measure himself up against a driver like Hamilton, were he in a more competitive car than the Williams next season.

“It’s always difficult to compare against guys in different teams, as we know, the cars are so dominant,” Russell exclusively told Express Sport.

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“Obviously, the drivers are so important, but the cars are the biggest factor in terms of performance at the moment, and hopefully next year, all of the teams, all the cars will be much closer together, I guess it’s all relative, really.

“Lewis is still going to be on the top of his game, and is still doing an excellent job.

“Everybody knows also how Red Bull have a fantastic car at the moment.

“You want to be racing against the best drivers in the world, and that’s what makes Formula One what it is.

“And Lewis is without a doubt, you know, obviously probably the greatest of all time and still is going incredibly strong.

“If Lewis wasn’t on the grid, we’d be missing out on one of the best drivers of it. So it’s just great to have him stay in for another couple of years.”

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Russell impressed on his debut for Mercedes last season, as he stepped in for Hamilton at the Sakhir Grand Prix after the seven-time world champion contracted COVID-19 ahead of the race.

The Mercedes junior driver very nearly won the race ahead of Bottas at the time, were it not for a poor pitstop from the team and a puncture, which left the Briton down in P9 come the chequered flag.

“I guess for me first, I just want the opportunity to be fighting in front of the grid and show what I can do,” Russell added, speaking to Express Sport.

“It’s been obviously tough, being at the back of the grid for the past couple of years and working my socks off with the Williams team to try and push the team forward.

“Obviously, I’m here to win and I want to win.

“So I just want to give myself the best possible chance to do that next year.”

The British Grand Prix gets underway at 3pm on Sunday, with the all-new Sprint qualifying taking place at 6pm on Saturday.

The results from the 17-lap race on Saturday will determine the grid ahead of the main event at Silverstone.

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Unions eager for swift action from new Labor secretary

Newly confirmed Labor Secretary Marty WalshMarty WalshThe Hill’s Morning Report – Biden’s next act: Massive infrastructure plan with tax hikes Unions eager for swift action from new Labor secretary Kim Janey is first woman, person of color to be mayor of Boston MORE[2][3][4][5][6][1] is set to inherit an agency struggling to confront a host of challenges created by the coronavirus pandemic.

Walsh, a former union leader who most recently served as the mayor of Boston, is expected to come under immediate pressure from labor groups to ramp up workplace safety standards following COVID-19 breakouts at food processing plants and similar settings.

Worker advocates say the next few months will be crucial as more businesses open up without a fully vaccinated adult population. And they want to see swift action from Labor Department agencies like the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

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“Millions of workers still do not have the strong COVID-19 protections they need to be safe at work. Marty Walsh’s strong leadership will be needed to urgently issue a strong, comprehensive OSHA COVID-19 emergency temporary standard to set workplace safety rules, accompanied by strong enforcement to ensure workers are protected,” said Rebecca Reindel, the AFL-CIO’s safety and health director.

Reindel said new rules and strong enforcement are “essential to President BidenJoe BidenGood luck, Dan Bongino! The Hill’s Morning Report – Biden’s next act: Massive infrastructure plan with tax hikes Conservative group says polling shows Dems’ voting rights bill ‘out of sync with American voters’ MORE[8][9][10][11][12][7]’s promise to protect workers from COVID-19.”

Chief among those requests is a desire for an emergency temporary standard that imposes new workplace rules for dealing with shorter-term challenges like the coronavirus.

President Biden issued an executive order for OSHA to consider an emergency temporary standard by March 15, a deadline the agency failed to meet.

“Even though there’s going to be vaccination and the president said he expects everyone who wants to get it to get it by summer, that’s still months away,” said Adam Pulver, an attorney with the left-leaning Public Citizen Litigation Group.

Unions and Democrats bashed the Labor Department last year when businesses started to reopen after the initial COVID-19 lockdowns, saying the agency was falling short on prioritizing worker safety when the virus was still spreading quickly across the country.

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They consistently called for OSHA to issue an emergency standard, but the agency only issued a nonbinding guidance.

OSHA has received thousands of complaints pertaining to COVID-19 over the past year, an uptick Democrats deemed as disturbing.

“OSHA is the first order and Biden has said he wants new rules to be issued, so I think that’s the first big thing,” said Kate Bronfenbrenner, director of labor education research at Cornell University.

Walsh, who was confirmed Monday in a 68-29 vote, is expected to issue a new temporary standard, and he indicated during his confirmation hearing that he intends to address certain COVID-19 disparities as well.

“To the extent that employers are federal contractors, the [Labor Department] does have the ability to implement rules that could be designed to address the sex-based or race-based disparity that we’ve seen on the impacts of COVID,” said Christopher Feudo, co-chair of the COVID-19 task force at the law firm Foley Hoag LLP.

The pandemic’s impact on gig workers is also likely to increase pressure on Walsh to provide more protections for independent contractors.

“There’s major pressure to … cover them across the board, give them not just the right to organize but also give them protections under labor law and employment law,” Bronfenbrenner said.

That would be a near-180 from the previous administration’s policies.

“The Trump administration took an approach that was hands off and allowed companies to classify people the way they wanted to classify them. You can expect to see a lot of pressure on President Biden and Secretary Walsh to address the effects of the gig economy for workers,” Feudo said.

Walsh is also expected to take what action he can on aspects of the PRO Act, a House-passed union bill that faces an uphill climb in the Senate.

Democrats and the White House are under pressure to deliver on the legislation, and experts said there are some steps Walsh can take in the short term.

“A lot of people have talked about the PRO Act and federal labor law. He can’t legislate … but for federal contractors, you could see PRO Act reforms implemented,” Feudo said.

The PRO Act would stiffen penalties for employers who violate workers’ rights, while strengthening protections for employees against retaliation. It would also make changes to the union election process, bolster collective bargaining agreements and go after right-to-work laws.

Feudo said that implementing rules for federal contractors could be used as a selling point for passing the PRO Act for all workers.

“If you can have these things happening in a microcosm of the economy and be able to show that the sky isn’t falling, as opponents of various pieces of legislation would have you believe, that helps the Biden administration’s argument in getting these reforms passed,” he added.

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Henry Cavill ‘eager to return’ for new Superman reboot but ‘studio want Michael B Jordan’

Henry Cavill last played Superman in 2017’s Justice League, which is getting its Zack Snyder director’s cut next month. But over the last few years, fans have been wondering if the 37-year-old’s Man of Steel will be coming back for more DCEU movies. Well after months of rumours, a Superman reboot movie is now in the works at Warner Bros with JJ Abrams producing.

UPDATE: Giant Freaking Robot’s trusted source, who has correctly predicted other superhero movie news, claims that Cavill is done as Superman and Michael B Jordan, who has had talks with Warner Bros about playing the first big-screen black Man of Steel in the past, is still being actively persuaded by the studio. The insider says if they can’t lock in the Creed star, they’re still committed to a Superman of colour. Of course, it’s worth pointing out that with 2022’s The Flash movie including both Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck’s Batmans via the DC multiverse, it’s possible that Cavill’s Man of Steel could share the screen with the new black Superman and maybe even past incarnations like Brandon Routh’s.

Deadline reports: “No plot yet and no attachments despite the fact that we’ve heard how Henry Cavill is eager to get back into the cape.”

Well, that’s good to hear as no doubt fans will have been wondering if Superman would be recast. But, of course, the latter still may happen if that’s what Warner Bros wants.

Author and national correspondent for The Atlantic Ta-Nehisi Coates is writing the script, while a director is yet to be announced.

Coates penned Black Panther and Captain America series for Marvel Comics and is also credited on MCU movies Avengers Infinity War, Avengers Endgame and Black Panther, so he certainly has some experience in superhero stories.

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Abrams’ Bad Robot has been developing a Justice League Dark Universe for film and TV, so perhaps this Superman reboot will tie into that.

Additionally, there have been rumours of future crossover movies for Cavill’s Superman with Batman and Wonder Woman.

Ben Affleck’s Dark Knight is already starring in 2022’s Flash movie while Gal Gadot is confirmed for Wonder Woman 3.

But according to Geekosity, not only is a World’s Finest Batman and Superman movie starring Affleck and Cavill in discussion, but also a Trinity movie with Gadot’s Wonder Woman.

Meanwhile, Michael Keaton’s Caped Crusader from the Tim Burton movies is returning for The Flash too in DC’s own multiverse of madness.

Considering that Robert Pattison’s The Batman is set in another universe, perhaps all three will be crossing over.

Just imagine the Twilight star’s younger Dark Knight teaming up with Cavill’s Superman in future projects. And maybe even with another actor as the Man of Steel like Michael B Jordan if the original star doesn’t return for Abrams’ reboot. Two Supermans sharing the screen would be quite something.

But that’s not all. Back in September, insiders claimed that Cavill had signed a new deal to return for three DC movies as the Man of Steel.

According to TCN, the Superman star made a pitch himself, one that was “widely praised”.

Right now it’s not clear what the three movies and possible cameos could be. But one of these could certainly be another Superman solo outing following Man of Steel like this Abrams reboot.

Perhaps World’s Finest and Trinity were also discussed and maybe even that rumoured team-up with Pattinson’s The Batman?

Hopefully, Warner Bros will reveal more of their plans for the future of the DCEU following the release of the Justice League Snyder Cut next month.

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