“I’m Not Scared” – Lewis Hamilton Ready to Tackle 2022 F1 Challenge Amidst Russell Threat

Published 09/29/2021, 7:07 AM EDT
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


As Valtteri Bottas departs Mercedes to make for George Russell for next year, many think Lewis Hamilton will be worried about his dominance in the sport coming to an end. However, the Knight would oppose those ideas, but instead feels the racing will be more intense, and the 23-year-old will learn something from him.

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It is no secret that Russell is a phenomenal talent on the F1 grid. Hence, many wonder if he could be a threat to the seven-time world champion next year. But instead of being scared, Hamilton is excited for the young Brit to join Mercedes.

Lewis Hamilton doesn’t see George Russell as a threat

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The Williams driver is an exciting prospect and is considered to be the star of the future. Now, having put pen to paper with the Silver Arrows, the F1 community is concerned about his partnership with Lewis. However, that is not the case, as the number 44 driver is delighted to work alongside his fellow countryman.

Speaking to Sky Sports Italia, Hamilton said, “Honestly, I’m not scared of that. Looking ahead to next year, the performance of the cars is likely to be closer together. The races will be more intense, so driving skills can carry a lot of weight. And that’s why I want to stay in F1, because it will really be an opportunity to show my skills.

Explaining how he has the knowledge and experience the team needs to progress, he said, “I hope to be important in this regard and to be part of the growth of Russell, who will be next to me.”

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

“He is already very fast but he will surely learn from me because I have been in F1 for longer. And I too can learn from him. I have no qualms about learning from someone younger, he explained. (Translated via Google Translate)

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Will Mercedes continue to rule the grid?

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The Silver Arrows have dominated the grid ever since the hybrid era. They have picked up seven world titles and are aiming for their eighth this season. With a star-studded driver lineup for the 2022 season, Mercedes would be a force to be reckoned with.

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 18, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium after winning the race alongside third place Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge

However, as of now, the Brackley-based squad have their eyes on the 2021 championship. With a few more races to go this season, they hope to be the ones that come out on top.

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What are your expectations from Mercedes for the rest of the season? Let us know in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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