Charles Leclerc Gives a Golden Piece of Advice to George Russell Amid Lewis Hamilton Partnership

Published 09/18/2021, 6:18 AM EDT
BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN – George Russell of Great Britain and Mercedes GP prepares to drive on the grid before the F1 Grand Prix of Sakhir at Bahrain International Circuit in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images)


After months of speculation regarding his future, George Russell will join Mercedes next season, to replace out-going Valtteri Bottas. The young Briton will team up with the seven-time world champion, Lewis Hamilton.

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It will be an uphill task for Russell to team up with the multiple-time world champion. Charles Leclerc has actually also experienced the same fate. The Monegasque driver joined Ferrari in 2019 from Sauber Alfa Romeo to team up with four-time world champion, Sebastian Vettel.

And Charles Leclerc has advised George Russell to learn from his much-experienced teammate, Lewis Hamilton, and enjoy his time at the Brackley-based team.

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What did Charles Leclerc say?

As quoted by the Formula 1 website, when asked if he had any choice advice for George Russell, Charles Leclerc looked back on his move to Scuderia Ferrari alongside multiple times world champion, Sebastian Vettel, in 2019.

To George, I don’t have much to say. He knows what he needs to do,” began the Monegasque driver.

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO – Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari and Charles Leclerc of Monaco and Ferrari talk after practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco at Circuit de Monaco in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)

“It’s an amazing opportunity for him and he’s in a very good position too, because being like I was with Seb at the end, I had a multi-world champion next to me and, of course, for us being young, it’s a great opportunity to show what you can do and learn from the best.

“So yes: just to enjoy his time there and not put too much pressure on himself,” concluded the Ferrari driver.

George Russell wants to avoid “poor dynamic” with Lewis Hamilton next season

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg were teammates from 2013 up until 2016 when the German announced his sudden retirement from the motor racing after winning the driver’s championship title.

After the turbo hybrid era, Silver Arrows won every driver’s and contractor’s championship during their time together. However, soon their relationship disintegrated, after some on-track incidents.

Meanwhile, George Russell, who will join Mercedes next year, has revealed he wants to avoid poor dynamic with his future teammate, Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes.

“I think Mercedes have had clear experience of a poor dynamic within the team and they have made it absolutely clear they don’t want a repeat, and on a personal level as well I don’t want that either,” said George Russell.

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FILE PHOTO: Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot, Belgium – September 1, 2019 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Williams’ George Russell before the race REUTERS/Johanna Geron/File Photo

“I think it’s important as teammates to work together to push the team and next year it’s a new car, new regulations.

“There are no guarantees of who will have the fastest car, so I guess it’s our job as drivers to push that forward,” concluded the Briton.

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Pingaksh Sharma

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Pingaksh Sharma is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been following this sport since India hosted the Grand Prix in 2012 and has been an ardent supporter of the eventual race winner, Sebastian Vettel. He is also a fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull and hopes the former breaks the Lewis Hamilton dominance.

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