George Russell offers Lewis Hamilton credit score for saving his F1 profession, as in line with him, if Lewis had retired, Russell wouldn’t have gotten the identical acclaim as he did this season.
Chatting with GPFans, George Russell revealed an inside joke between him and Lewis Hamilton the place he credit the motive force for staying on at Mercedes and never retiring.
George Russell, in his very first season at Mercedes, was capable of outscore Lewis Hamilton and scored the crew’s solely win and pole place this season. He completed the season P4 within the championship whereas Lewis Hamilton was P6. Describing his expertise of working with Lewis, Russell stated:
“While you see the extent he’s acting at, he appears to be like younger, he’s match, he’s in form. He’s having fun with racing. He’s additionally having fun with this journey that we’re on as a crew to deliver Mercedes again to the entrance. I’ve bought loads to thank him for as a result of had Lewis not been my team-mate this yr, individuals would’ve thought very in a different way about me this yr.”
“I joke with him that he in all probability saved my profession by staying on in Components 1 this yr as a result of had he retired, and I had the very same yr as I’ve accomplished this yr, I’m positive notion would’ve been drastically completely different.”
Lewis Hamilton on working with George Russell
Hamilton did have a long-running relationship with Valtteri Bottas as his teammate earlier than George Russell changed him. Speaking about his expertise of working with Russell, Lewis felt that there had been progress and development over time, with crucial facet being the progress that the crew has achieved. He stated:
“I believe it’s been clean and there was loads of development. I’ve labored with many drivers earlier than, so it was maybe extra regular for me however for him, it was in all probability extra of an adjustment as a result of he was new to the crew and it was the primary time we had labored collectively correctly. He’s been nice to work with, pushing the automobile forwards technically and set-up sensible. It’s been a great first yr as team-mates.”
The 2023 F1 season goes to be a real litmus take a look at of this partnership. It’s anticipated that Mercedes can have a aggressive automobile subsequent season. If that occurs, the 2 drivers which might be very shut to one another by way of efficiency will definitely have tensions rising amongst them because the stakes might be at an all-time excessive.