George Russell Admits Not Being ‘Comfortable’ Racing Alongside Struggling Mercedes Partner Lewis Hamilton

Published 05/04/2022, 12:47 PM EDT
BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN – MARCH 10: George Russell of Great Britain and Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes pose for a photo during Day One of F1 Testing at Bahrain International Circuit on March 10, 2022 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Lars Baron – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

This season has been dismal for Mercedes by their standards. The Brackley outfit that has secured 8 consecutive constructors’ titles is struggling at the start of this season. However, one of the Mercedes driver duo has had it worse, and it is not the new man George Russell.

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The young Briton has outscored his significantly more experienced teammate and 7-time world champion Lewis Hamilton. Mr. Saturday has converted his qualifying pace into race pace.

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Russell has scored 49 points to his name, which is 21 more than Lewis. This weekend in Imola was by far the worst for Hamilton, who finished in P13. This has once again raised questions about what this season and the future hold for Lewis.

George Russell is wary about Hamilton’s abilities

The Mercedes W13 has proven to be a tricky car to drive. Their 2022 challenger has not lived up to the expectations of the team. This has seen both Russell and Hamilton struggle compared to their rivals, Ferrari and Red Bull. However, the veteran has clearly struggled more than his new teammate.

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 23, 2022 Mercedes’ George Russell, AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during the sprint race REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

However, Russell is still spooked by his 7-time world champion teammate. He believes Hamilton can turn the season on its head and outscore him in the teammate battle. Russell said, “Lewis will come back stronger, I have no doubt. He will push me to the limit. I don’t feel comfortable in this position because I know what he is capable of.”

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Russell has also admitted that the car doesn’t feel great to drive and that he struggles as much as Hamilton. He said, “When the car isn’t in the right window, it doesn’t really feel like a real race car.”

He also explained why he seems more comfortable at the wheel of the W-13, attributing it to his previous experience in the Williams from 2019 until this season. Russell said, “Maybe it helped a bit that I struggled with very difficult cars at Williams.”

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Divyansh Priyadarshi

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Divyansh Priyadarshi is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his under-graduation in computer science engineering and is naturally drawn to the intriguing data-driven world of Formula 1. Being an author at ES isn't his first stint in penning down thoughts for his favorite sports, as he has a solid prior background in writing content for soccer, NBA, and UFC.

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