George Russell’s Veiled Statement on His Approach at Mercedes F1: “Won’t Be Any Studying of Lewis”

Published 01/17/2022, 12:00 PM EST
Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 10, 2021 Williams’ George Russell arrives at the circuit REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

British driver George Russell joined the reigning champions Mercedes ahead of the 2022 F1 season. Though relatively young, Russell is one of the most sought-after drivers on the F1 grid. After winning the 2018 GP2 championship, the 23-year-old made his first F1 appearance in the 2019 Australian Grand Prix for the Williams team.

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His predecessor, Valtteri Bottas, enjoyed a successful stint with the team but was often forced to play second fiddle to Lewis Hamilton. Mercedes had two championship-contending drivers from 2013 to 2016 and that took a toll on the atmosphere inside the team. Now with Russell coming in alongside Lewis Hamilton, the power dynamics in the team might go for a spin once again.

More recently, the young Brit was asked if he will read Hamilton to curate his way into 2022. He had a rather straightforward answer to it.

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Formula One F1 – Young Driver Test – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 14, 2021 Mercedes’ George Russell during testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

George Russell won’t be studying Lewis Hamilton

When Russell replaced Hamilton during the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix, the fans witnessed what he can do with a competitive car. In a recent interview reported by Gpfans, Russell discussed his approach with the Brackley-based outfit.

When asked whether Russell will study Hamilton in a bid to gain any kind of edge, Russell replied, “No, there won’t be any studying of Lewis. That’s because the reason that makes him so great is because of his adapting to situations.”

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“We’ve got a brand-new car. Nobody knows what the best way to drive that car [will be]. I’m sure a Mercedes 2022 car will be different from a Mercedes 2021 car and compared to a Red Bull as well, and a Ferrari and a McLaren. They’re all going to have their little quirks about them.”

Russell has started with the preparations for the 2022 season with the Silver Arrows team. He recently shared a picture of himself donning the Mercedes ensemble from his 1st day in Brackley. The Briton also shared his thoughts on preparing for the Mercedes intensity. “From a racing side, an off-track side, it’s going to be incredibly intense, so with a nice holiday, a reset, I’ll hit the ground running mid to end of January, and put everything on the table and go for it.”

BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN – MARCH 28: Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP is congratulated by George Russell of Great Britain and Williams in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit on March 28, 2021 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Dan Istitene – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

Fans and F1 stars are eagerly waiting for the new season to kick-start with the Bahrain GP weekend. How excited are you to see George Russell in Mercedes?

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Rituraj Tripathi

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Rituraj Tripathi is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. A true lover of speed, he is big fan of Lewis Hamilton and finds a future world champion in Lando Norris. Rituraj eagerly looks forward to the paddock moving to the Circuit de Monaco, and he finds Portier corner as the most exciting part of the track.

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