George Russell explains working joke that Lewis Hamilton ‘saved my profession’ : PlanetF1

George Russell has joked that Lewis Hamilton has ‘saved his profession’ by staying on to race beside him as his Mercedes team-mate.

Hamilton and Russell paired up as Mercedes team-mates for the primary time in 2022, with Russell transferring up from Williams after three years with the Grove-based squad.

Taking to life close to the entrance of the sector with aplomb, Russell kicked off his Mercedes profession with 9 consecutive top-five finishes in addition to taking the workforce’s sole victory of the yr by main residence a 1-2 in Brazil.

Having in contrast favourably alongside seven-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton, Russell was happy his illustrious team-mate had chosen to remain on in Formulation 1 after the uncertainty of his future following the controversial finish to the 2021 World Championship.

Hamilton now seems to be set to go on racing in F1 for at the least one other few seasons, with Russell saying he’s not stunned the British racer has the starvation to maintain going as he closes in on his forties.

“Once you see the extent he’s acting at, he seems to be younger, he’s match, he’s in form. He’s having fun with racing,” Russell instructed GPFans.

“He’s additionally having fun with this journey that we’re on as a workforce to deliver Mercedes again to the entrance.

“I’ve acquired so much to thank him for as a result of had Lewis not been my team-mate this yr, folks would’ve thought very in a different way about me this yr.

“I joke with him that he most likely saved my profession by staying on in Formulation 1 this yr as a result of had he retired, and I had the very same yr as I’ve completed this yr, I’m positive notion would’ve been drastically totally different.”

Talking about how the connection with Russell developed over the course of 2023 as they adjusted to life as team-mates, Hamilton stated the adjustment after a number of years with Valtteri Bottas had been harmonious.

“I feel it’s been clean and there was a number of progress,” he stated.

“I’ve labored with many drivers earlier than, so it was maybe extra regular for me however for him, it was most likely extra of an adjustment as a result of he was new to the workforce and it was the primary time we had labored collectively correctly.

“He’s been nice to work with, pushing the automotive forwards technically and set-up clever. It’s been first yr as team-mates.”

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