George Russell takes sly dig at Pink Bull’s Sergio Perez with Lewis Hamilton remark | F1 | Sport

Mercedes star George Russell has taken a sly dig at Sergio Perez by claiming Pink Bull ace Max Verstappen won’t win so many Grands Prix if he had a unique team-mate. Verstappen has already secured the 2022 F1 world title after profitable his maiden championship final 12 months.

Verstappen grew to become F1’s youngest ever competitor on the age of 17 when he lined-up for Toro Rosso on the 2015 Australian Grand Prix. And he then grew to become the youngest ever race winner when he tasted victory on the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix after being promoted to the Pink Bull crew.

Verstappen was joined by Perez on the drinks large firstly of 2021, following three full seasons driving alongside Daniel Ricciardo and two years racing with Alex Albon. Perez has solely ever gained three races with Pink Bull, nonetheless. And Russell believes Verstappen would have been denied a few of his victories if his Mexican team-mate was extra aggressive, pointing in direction of the tussles Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg endured throughout their time collectively at Mercedes.

“We all know how sturdy Max is and Pink Bull simply did a extremely good job,” Russell mentioned as he spoke about Verstappen’s 14th race victory of the season eventually weekend’s Mexican Grand Prix.

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Hamilton and Rosberg spent 4 seasons as team-mates at Mercedes between 2013 and 2016. Hamilton gained back-to-back F1 titles in 2014 and 2015, with Rosberg lifting the trophy on the finish of the 2016 season.

However even when Hamilton got here out on prime, Rosberg nonetheless made him work for his glory. In the course of the 2014 season, the German driver gained 5 races earlier than ending second within the standings. And he gained six extra races on his option to one other second-place end the next 12 months. Rosberg then tasted race success on 9 events as he lastly landed his solely F1 championship in 2016, earlier than leaving Mercedes on the finish of that season.

Hamilton welcomed Russell to Mercedes firstly of this season as his new team-mate, with Valtteri Bottas making method for the 24-year-old. However the Silver Arrows have struggled for type this 12 months and neither one of many blockbuster stars has been capable of win a single Grand Prix this time period.

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