George Russell, having joined Mercedes this year, has finished in the top five in all races so far and ahead of teammate Lewis Hamilton in the last four; Spanish GP live on Sky Sports F1 this weekend – qualifying 3pm Saturday, race 2pm Sunday
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Toto Wolff says it’s no surprise to see George Russell take on the lead role at Mercedes, as the young Brit offers to continue his streak against Lewis Hamilton at the Spanish GP as he claims to be “better off”. out” than his teammate in 2022.
Russell, having joined Mercedes this year, has settled into silver superbly, finishing in the top five in every race so far despite the team’s lack of pace while also comfortably ahead of Hamilton in the drivers standings. .
The 24-year-old has also impressively beaten the seven-time F1 champion in the last four races, leading Sky Sports F1’s Martin Brundle to write in his latest column that Russell is on the rise from Hamilton.
Lewis Hamilton was frustrated after finishing sixth in the Miami GP and admits he was confused why he was asked to make the decision to pit during the safety car.
“It’s a difficult time [for Lewis] and enthusiastic George, with most of his career ahead of him, is coping better than Lewis judging by the radio transmissions,” Brundle said.
Wolff, speaking at the Miami GP, said Russell’s strong start came as no surprise.
George Russell says Mercedes are still trying to “unlock performance”, but enjoyed their battle with Lewis Hamilton to finish fifth.
“When you look at George’s track record winning the title in F3, in his rookie year, then in F2, we knew he was very good,” explained the Mercedes team boss.
“And then obviously the Williams school added that was a part, so we never doubted he would be very good. And you can see that materializing on the track.”
Wolff added: “I really like his approach. He’s very rational, whether he’s fastest in P2 or 11th, it’s just about applying the science and trying to make the faster car.”
George Russell sympathizes with team-mate Lewis Hamilton and says things “didn’t go the way they should” this year.
“He’s settled in really well, it’s almost like he’s been there forever.”
Russell was not only fast, but respectful alongside Hamilton. After replacing Valtteri Bottas, many thought Russell v Hamilton would be a fiery rivalry – akin to Nico Rosberg’s time at Mercedes – although so far the pair have gotten along well and fought pretty well on the right track.
According to Wolff, he “couldn’t have wished for a better couple.”
Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff is backing driver Lewis Hamilton after the Englishman struggled to catch up at the start of the F1 season.
“I like to see them working together, the level is high on both sides,” said Wolff. “And that put us in a decent position in the constructors’ championship.
“I’m really happy with them both, the way they interact, their respect for each other.”