Formulation One: Lewis Hamilton comfortable if George Russell joins him at Mercedes

Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton praised George Russell on Thursday and stated he can be comfortable to have him as his Formulation One crew mate subsequent season if that was Mercedes’ determination.

The 23-year-old Briton is predicted to maneuver from Williams and be part of compatriot Hamilton for 2022 rather than Finland’s Valtteri Bottas.

Russell, whose profession has been managed by Mercedes, informed reporters at Zandvoort forward of the Dutch Grand Prix that he knew the place he can be racing subsequent yr and had been knowledgeable earlier than final weekend’s race in Belgium.

Hamilton’s language left little doubt Russell had acquired the nod.

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“I actually suppose it will likely be good,” the champion stated when requested how the connection with Russell is likely to be. “I believe George is an extremely proficient driver.

“In all probability the one spotlight from final week was his qualifying lap, it was superb,” he added, referring to Russell placing the Williams on the entrance row at a moist Belgian Grand Prix and ending second.

The race at Spa lasted for less than a handful of laps behind the protection automobile.

“He is humble, I believe he is acquired an incredible strategy. Naturally being British I might think about in all probability helps when it comes to communication,” continued Hamilton.

The Mercedes driver stated he needed to be ‘super-supportive’ of Bottas as his present crew mate, with the pair combating for the constructors’ championship, however Russell represented the longer term.

“He is already displaying unimaginable driving thus far and I’m positive he’s going to proceed to develop, so the place higher to do it than in an incredible crew like this — or what crew he goes to,” stated Hamilton.

The Every day Mail reported this week that Hamilton was removed from proud of Russell changing into his crew mate and quoted a ‘well-placed supply’ saying the choice had gone down “like a lead balloon”.

The older Briton stated on Thursday, nevertheless, that he felt he had nothing to show.

“If it does prove that I’ve acquired a special crew mate, I am in a special place in my life,” he stated. “I am excited to see the kids coming by.

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“It isn’t that I need to lose to a teenager however I am excited to see the development of the game… I see quite a lot of myself within the youthful era.

“There will probably be issues we study from each other. I believe it is essential that the respect is all the time there and communication will probably be on the core of that.”

Russell stood in for Hamilton in Bahrain final season, a race the teenager was unlucky to not win.

“While you begin with somebody new it takes time. Even when we now have a brand new engineer or a brand new mechanic it takes a second for them to gel in,” stated Hamilton.

“George has already been on the circuit with us, he’s already executed a race with the crew, he’s already been within the background whereas Valtteri and I’ve been working prior to now. So I believe he is aware of the atmosphere properly.”

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