Lewis Hamilton Snaps at Reporter for Asking George Russell Mercedes F1 Question

Published 06/24/2021, 10:52 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria – June 24, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the press conference Pool via REUTERS/Christian Bruna


Ever since Valtteri Bottas’ downfall began, there have been speculations that George Russell could replace the Finn ahead of the 2022 F1 season. However, none of the Mercedes crew, including Lewis Hamilton, have uttered a word on the matter to the media.

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Hamilton faced a similar question during the press conference in Austria, to which the Briton ended up giving a rather snappy reply.

How did Lewis Hamilton respond?

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According to Motorsport, the interviewer asked Hamilton to weigh in on the possible fact that Russell could turn up as his Mercedes teammate in 2022.

He was first asked for “a word on George Russell,” to which Hamilton replied, “doing what?

Once the Mercedes driver was clarified that the question was about him possibly lining up alongside fellow Briton, Russell, he said, “Well he’s not my teammate currently. So I don’t need to say anything else.

Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria – June 24, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the press conference Pool via REUTERS/Christian Bruna

Mercedes are in desperate need of a stronger number 2 driver, with Bottas visibly struggling this season. Moreover, his struggle for form has been extremely untimely, as Red Bull are embracing their resurgence this season.

Max Verstappen has been too hot to handle for Hamilton. And with Bottas failing to torment Red Bull enough, Mercedes are just not able to risk opting for strategic gambles with Hamilton.

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The Briton opined that Bottas has been a fantastic teammate at Mercedes over the past five years. Hence, he felt that it is pointless to change the line-up, with the team morale still strong despite the recent fallback.

When I say teammate, it’s not just about driver performance,” Hamilton said. “It’s about team morale, it’s about how you work in the teammate environment.

Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 8, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates after qualifying in pole position with Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas who finished in third position REUTERS/Emilio Morenatti

Look, Valtteri is my teammate now. And both of us have had ups and downs in our careers. But as I said, I think he is a fantastic teammate. And I don’t necessarily see that it needs to change.

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There is still a long way to go in this season, and Bottas holds plenty of time in hand to prove why he deserves to extend his stay at Mercedes.

So, with Mercedes needing his services more than ever at the moment, will Bottas guide the Brackley outfit to yet another championship title this season? Only time will tell.

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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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