Lewis Hamilton Reveals His Biggest Uncertainty Amidst Forthcoming George Russell Challenge

Published 09/09/2021, 2:15 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 9, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during a press conference Pool via REUTERS/Luca Bruno


After having faced teammate challenges from significantly experienced drivers like Fernando Alonso, Nico Rosberg, Jenson Button, and Valtteri Bottas, the next in line for the 7-time world champion, Lewis Hamilton, is the fairly young George Russell.

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It’s hardly been 3 years since the 23-year-old made his F1 debut with Williams. And since then, Russell has evolved to be one of the future stars of the sport. Russell recently went on to claim a shocking P2 finish for Williams at Spa this season.

While it is debatable how deserving that podium is, the fact that Russell almost managed to claim pole against Max Verstappen is an incredible feat.

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Hence, amidst such glimpses of his blistering on-track pace, Hamilton opened up about how challenging it could be, facing Russell.

What did Lewis Hamilton say?

During the press conference at Monza, the Mercedes driver revealed that he is unaware of how fast Russell will be next season. What’s more, he also wondered whether Russell will be pacier than his predecessor, Valtteri Bottas.

I don’t know what to expect from George. He has certainly created expectations around him. He has a great talent. I’m sure he will be faster. But, I don’t know if he will be faster or less than Valtteri,” Hamilton said according to FormulaPassion.

The only race where Russell and Bottas competed as teammates was at the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix. Although Bottas ultimately finished ahead of Russell, the latter proved to be the quickest of the two. Russell led for over 70% of the race, while the Finn remained the second-fastest.

Can Russell beat Hamilton in 2022?

It is undeniably going to be an incredibly tough job for Russell to defeat Hamilton. The 36-year-old is a 7-time world champion, having raced against highly competitive racing drivers including Michael Schumacher, Alonso, and Sebastian Vettel.

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Hence, Hamilton will hold a massive amount of experience in hand as opposed to the rather novice Russell. Yes, Russell is definitely clinching victories next season. But, can he keep up the consistency throughout the season?

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

Quite unlikely, especially with Hamilton persisting around him. Hence, Russell’s biggest chance of defeating Hamilton could come in 2022.

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However, against the underlying odds, can Russell manage to accomplish the same in the very first season of his Mercedes campaign? Well, let’s see what the future has in store for the rising world champion.

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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