Mercedes’ George Russell has been ‘phenomenal’; Lewis Hamilton ‘hates shedding to team-mates’ – Nico Rosberg

Nico Rosberg has his say on the Lewis Hamilton-George Russell battle; Max Verstappen holding off Carlos Sainz in Canada; and the “tremendous spectacular” Fernando Alonso – subsequent up for F1 is the British Grand Prix with all periods stay on Sky Sports activities F1 throughout July 1-3

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2016 world champion Nico Rosberg discusses the rivalry between Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes team-mate George Russell.

2016 world champion Nico Rosberg discusses the rivalry between Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes team-mate George Russell.

2016 world champion Nico Rosberg discusses the rivalry between Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes team-mate George Russell.

​​​​​Nico Rosberg says George Russell has been “phenomenal” in a making an attempt F1 season for Mercedes thus far – however warned him that Lewis Hamilton “hates” to lose to team-mates.

Russell sits fourth within the Drivers’ Championship on 111 factors – 34 factors forward of sixth-placed Hamilton, who branded his automotive “undriveable” on Friday follow forward of final weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix.

Russell has completed forward of fellow Brit Hamilton in seven of the 9 races this time period, with Hamilton’s podium end in Montreal the primary time he has topped Russell for the reason that opening spherical in Bahrain.

Russell additionally leads the qualifying head-to-head 5-4.

Talking on Any Pushed Monday, 2016 world champion and Hamilton’s former team-mate, Rosberg mentioned: “George has executed an superior job, phenomenal with how tough that automotive has been to drive.

Damon Hill comments on the FIA's steps to reduce porpoising and how different the attitude was back in his days as a racer

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Damon Hill feedback on the FIA’s steps to cut back porpoising and the way totally different the perspective was again in his days as a racer

Damon Hill feedback on the FIA’s steps to cut back porpoising and the way totally different the perspective was again in his days as a racer

“To be so constant, driving so properly, not making any errors, all the time getting the utmost out of it, he has been good.

“On Saturday, one would suppose, ‘okay, hold it secure, deliver dwelling one other P4 or P5 in qualifying’ however no. He mentioned, ‘I’m going to place my slicks on, I solely care about pole place’. That’s actually superior.

‘Hamilton delivered in Canada; Merc making progress’

“Lewis is driving at his finest. He has simply had an unbelievably unfortunate season with all these various things going towards him. This was a traditional weekend and he delivered within the standard superior approach.

Lewis Hamilton says his podium finish in Montreal has given renewed confidence in his car

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Lewis Hamilton says his podium end in Montreal has given renewed confidence in his automotive

Lewis Hamilton says his podium end in Montreal has given renewed confidence in his automotive

“That driver pairing is so robust, unimaginable, however, make no mistake, Lewis hates passionately to ever come second to a team-mate, so he will probably be ultra-motivated and pushing arduous internally.

“The [Mercedes] automotive within the race was actually respectable. I assumed it was so superior how George proper after the beginning made headway, passing one automotive after one other down into the hairpin.

“I believe they’re making progress however there may be nonetheless some strategy to go to Ferrari and Purple Bull. They can not win at Silverstone, they’re nonetheless too far-off.”

George Russell was pleased with the pace of his Mercedes in Montreal but says they are yet to fully resolve their porpoising issues

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George Russell was happy with the tempo of his Mercedes in Montreal however says they’re but to totally resolve their porpoising points

George Russell was happy with the tempo of his Mercedes in Montreal however says they’re but to totally resolve their porpoising points

Hamilton completed behind race winner Max Verstappen and second-placed Carlos Sainz in Canada, with championship chief and reigning world champion Verstappen keeping off a late problem from Ferrari man Sainz after a security automotive, regardless of being on getting old tyres.

Verstappen is now toasting back-to-back race wins after triumphing in Azerbaijan per week earlier.

Does Sainz have what it takes to be world champion?

Rosberg mentioned: “It has been a few super-impressive races from Max. He’s so assured and driving at such a powerful stage.

Sky F1's Ted Kravitz looks back at an enthralling Canadian Grand Prix, which was won by Max Verstappen

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Sky F1’s Ted Kravitz appears again at an enthralling Canadian Grand Prix, which was received by Max Verstappen

Sky F1’s Ted Kravitz appears again at an enthralling Canadian Grand Prix, which was received by Max Verstappen

“He drove to perfection in tough circumstances in qualifying and the strain from Sainz within the race is to not be underestimated.

“Contained in the automotive it’s a horrible feeling. You could have executed every thing completely after which due to the protection automotive you all of a sudden have the Ferrari behind you in a triple DRS zone placing a lot strain on.

“When you make the slightest of errors, he’s via however Max managed that so completely.

“Sainz has acquired it in him to be , respectable driver inside Ferrari however for the time being he has not acquired it in him to be a world champion. On efficiency, Charles Leclerc has been outdriving him each single race this yr.

“He nonetheless wants to search out fairly a little bit of progress which comes as fairly a shock after final yr. In fact, the automotive is totally totally different so possibly it takes him extra time to get up to the mark.”

Verstappen extended his lead at the top of the drivers' standing after resisting late pressure from Carlos Sainz to win the Canadian Grand Prix

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Verstappen prolonged his lead on the prime of the drivers’ standing after resisting late strain from Carlos Sainz to win the Canadian Grand Prix

Verstappen prolonged his lead on the prime of the drivers’ standing after resisting late strain from Carlos Sainz to win the Canadian Grand Prix

Rosberg: Alonso greater than deserves his seat

Alpine’s Fernando Alonso began the race in second after claiming his first entrance row in 10 years however in the end completed ninth after technical points and, based on Rosberg, questionable technique from his workforce.

Nonetheless, the 40-year-old now has 4 top-10s in a row and Rosberg shrugged off any notion that the two-time world champion is taking on a youthful driver’s seat.

Rosberg mentioned of the Spaniard, who received his titles with Renault in 2005 and 2006: “I’m an enormous fan of Alonso for the time being. Everyone knows that expertise and skill-wise he is without doubt one of the better of all time.

“He typically lacked that social competence – he usually had difficulties being in the perfect groups with the perfect automobiles. They did not really need him anymore due to burning bridges up to now.

Rosberg says there should be no debate that Fernando Alonso deserves his seat in F1

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Rosberg says there needs to be no debate that Fernando Alonso deserves his seat in F1

Rosberg says there needs to be no debate that Fernando Alonso deserves his seat in F1

“That was undoubtedly one in every of his weaknesses by way of getting even higher outcomes however by way of expertise he’s certainly probably the greatest of all time or proper up there.

“For him to nonetheless drive like that is simply so cool. I used to be so gutted for him [in Canada], I wished him to be on the rostrum. I believe Alpine did a bit of mistake, they might have taken a soar into the pitlane.

“He’s driving so awesomely there should not be any dialogue that he’s taking on anybody’s seat. He greater than deserves to be the place he’s.

“It is tremendous spectacular the best way he’s driving, the followers all around the world are loving it and he is a superb asset to the Alpine workforce.”

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