“Lewis Hamilton most likely saved my profession by staying on in System 1”: George Russell

George Russell provides Lewis Hamilton credit score for saving his F1 profession, as in keeping 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 driving force for staying on at Mercedes and never retiring.

“That is the one I keep in mind probably the most” 😅A visit down reminiscence lane for Lewis and George as they discuss by way of the highs and lows of F1 2022 💜💙

George Russell, in his very first season at Mercedes, was in a position to outscore Lewis Hamilton and scored the workforce’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:

“If 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. He’s additionally having fun with this journey that we’re on as a workforce to deliver Mercedes again to the entrance. I’ve received rather a lot to thank him for as a result of had Lewis not been my team-mate this yr, individuals would’ve thought very otherwise about me this yr.”

He added:

“I joke with him that he most likely saved my profession by staying on in System 1 this yr as a result of had he retired, and I had the very same yr as I’ve carried out this yr, I’m certain notion would’ve been drastically totally 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 progress over time, with crucial facet being the progress that the workforce has achieved. He stated:

“I feel it’s been clean and there was a variety of progress. 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 a superb 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 may have a aggressive automotive subsequent season. If that occurs, the 2 drivers which are very shut to one another when it comes to efficiency will definitely have tensions rising amongst them because the stakes shall be at an all-time excessive.

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