“I See a Lot of Myself” – Lewis Hamilton Draws Parallel With Lando Norris & Other Young F1 Drivers

Published 09/04/2021, 6:19 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 18, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and McLaren’s Lando Norris after finishing in first and second repectively Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon

George Russell is ready to jump from Williams to Mercedes for the 2022 season. Although he has announced the decision, it looks like a certainty that he will replace Valtteri Bottas in the German team to partner Lewis Hamilton for the next season.


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But Hamilton has mentioned that he is not worried about the challenge that Russell will pose in 2022. He even acknowledged that he sees a bit of himself in the young drivers such as George Russell and Lando Norris.

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I see a lot of myself in the younger generation: Lewis Hamilton

As reported by planetf1, the Mercedes driver mentioned he is looking forward to working with Russell if he joins the German team. He also stated that he hopes Russell can take the team forward.

Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 28, 2021, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Williams’ George Russell celebrate after finishing third and second in qualifying Pool via REUTERS/John Thys

“You have heard me talk about Lando Norris, and it is encouraging. I see a lot of myself in the younger generation. They’re fierce. The sport is relying on them.

There will be things George and I can learn from one another. It is important that respect is always there and communication is at the core of that. We have got amazing morale at the team.” said Hamilton.


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The Mercedes driver mentions he is not afraid of George Russell

Although the 7-time world champion praised the young Brit, he also mentioned that he is not afraid of him. He stated he has raced against everyone and will continue to do so.

“It is not like I have anything to prove,” he said.

Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 27, 2021, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during practice REUTERS/Johanna Geron

” I raced against some incredible drivers as teammates, including Fernando Alonso in my rookie year. And if it does turn out I have got a new teammate, I am in a different place in my life.


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I am excited to see the youngsters coming through. I don’t want to lose but I do want to see the progression of the sport because I am a fan.” said Hamilton.

But his title rival Max Verstappen believes Russell could prove difficult for the Mercedes driver, “If he joins, for sure he will make it very difficult for Lewis,”


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It is reported that Mercedes will announce George Russell as their driver at the Monza next week.

Will Russell prove too difficult for Lewis? Let us know.



Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.