Lewis Hamilton, in his ten seasons enrolled in the Mercedes team, has seen several teammates pass through the box. First Nico Rosberg, with whom he had his pluses and minuses, and against whom he ended up losing the 2016 title; Valtteri Bottas, who never became a threat to the Englishman and perfectly assumed his role as squire; and George Russell, who debuts with the German team this 2022 Formula 1 campaign.
In an interview with various media outlets, including Motorsport.com, at the last United States Grand Prix, the seven-time world champion commented in detail on his impressions of Russell ‘s first season with a ‘top’ team, as well as the role it plays within the team.
“George is doing a great job,” Hamilton said. “I don’t have a problem with him. I would say that George and his team don’t experiment as much as I do. But that’s normal, because I’ve been here for a long time, so I’m willing to take some risks.”
“I have long, detailed conversations with people I’ve been with for the last ten years. [Andrew] Shovlin and I can have constructive discussions,” he said.
However, he did highlight that it is he who is assuming the role of tester within the team, and excuses the difference in results in that Russell does not look so much for development.
“For George it’s his first year on the team, so he’s here and he’s doing his job to the best of his ability. He barely makes any changes to the set up . I’m the one who’s doing all the work of trying things out, going to one side now.” another, different wings and all these things. But the truth is that it is something that I like to do”.
“If we get to next year and have a car that we’re much happier with, then we can be more focused on that package… without having to go crazy with the set-up. That’s when we can put up a fight.”
With three races remaining, it is the youngest of the British duo who is ahead in the general classification , occupying fourth place, while Lewis is in sixth place.
“I don’t care if [Russell] finishes ahead of me at the end of the season. We’re not in contention for the championship, we’re fourth and sixth. If we were first and second it would be different,” he concluded.
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