If the 2022 season isn’t really glorious alongside Lewis Hamilton at the moment, this has allowed, however, George Russell to reveal himself. The Briton, new teammate of the seven-time world champion, ranks fifth in the overall standings. In addition, Lewis Hamilton believes his compatriot has the qualities needed to take over from Mercedes.
At the beginning of the season, mercedes lived badly the transition with the entry into force of the new regulations. The team experienced some issues with the development of their car and had to contend with a size issue. In fact, the team Toto Wolff he struggled to remove the porpoise from his car. While waiting for this discomfort to be resolved, Lewis Hamilton had difficulty composing on the tracks Formula 1. With a car much less efficient than the Ferrari and the Red Bull, the Briton was quickly out of the title race. However, obviously things were different on the part of george russell. Newly arrived to replace Valtteri Bottasthe 24-year-old driver was boosted to the top 5 in the overall standings despite being used to the bottom of the grid with williams. With its qualities, george russell it certainly has a bright future ahead of it. Besides, Lewis Hamilton he did not hesitate to praise him with praise.
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Hamilton sings Russell’s praises …
” I won’t say it was difficult [d’être le coéquipier de Russell] ; it was nice, we worked together incredibly well. George was very positive … he had a positive impact on the work environment. Overall, it has been a real pleasure to work with him and it is great to see his success. He did a very good job, he got good points for the team and he will keep improving, he will keep improving for a long time “relied on statements reported by the Formula 1.
… and sees him take over from Mercedes
Lewis Hamilton he even thinks that george russell may be able to take over mercedes when he retires, the one who is already 37 years old: ” I definitely see it has a lot of potential in him [pour être champion du monde] and is in the right place for that. I really believe that … whether I am there or not, it has all the qualities to help move this team forward into the future and lead it to success, so I think it is the right choice for the team . I hope to be able to contribute a little to help you progress. »
Russell prefers not to turn on
However, george russell he prefers not to turn on and keep his feet on the ground as explained in a recent episode of the podcast Beyond the network : ” I like to look at things a little more objectively. Things can change very quickly in Formula 1 and signing a role to join the best team of this era is certainly a great time. But if I don’t act, if the best driver of all time kicks my ass, what does that mean? Because in a year’s time, I’ll probably walk out the door. It was a big step on my ladder, but it’s a bit like the picture of the boy climbing the mountain: he thinks he’s at the top and he looks up and the summit is miles away, and you get there and there’s a another tip, and that’s how I see it. There is so much to celebrate for a time like this. I want to be world champion, I want to win races, and signing this contract guarantees nothing. »