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What Lewis Hamilton Really Thinks of George Russell

Giancarlo Perlas July 18, 2022

After the high expectations last season, George Russell was finally brought in as a replacement for Valtteri Bottas in the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula 1 team. Being in the decorated team with a multiple-time Drivers World Champion by his side means he has big shoes to fill. But what does Lewis Hamilton really think of his new partner?

Taking notes from Hamilton’s interviews, he commended Russell’s “super-positive” work attitude which brings a positive impact on their work environment. He also sees a potential World Champion in the 24-year-old, and he considers his signing as the right choice for the team. The veteran further stated that he hopes to play a big part in helping his young teammate to progress.

As for Russell, he thinks that his entry into Mercedes is just the start of the challenges he has to undergo in the sport. He made it clear, too, that his sights are set on becoming a World Champion.

At the start of the season, there have been doubts as to whether or not Hamilton and Russell could work harmoniously as a team. The comments made by the former here indicate a good working relationship between the two.

To date, Russell has been consistently finishing in the top five of the 10 out of 11 races held so far with the only exception of the British Grand Prix where he got a DNF following his collision with Red Bull’s Zhou Guanyu, and three podium finishes. Meanwhile, Hamilton has been catching up with four podiums. However, Russell is still ahead of his teammate by 19 points as of writing.

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