“Max Would Have Had a Hard Season”: Fans React as Mr. Consistency George Russell Lays Down Title Credentials After Humbling 7X World Champion Lewis Hamilton

Published 11/20/2022, 2:06 PM EST
Formula One F1 – Brazilian Grand Prix – Jose Carlos Pace Circuit, Sao Paulo, Brazil – November 13, 2022 Mercedes’ George Russell celebrates on the podium after winning the race alongside second place Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

After a tumultuous 3 years at Williams, George Russell finally got the Mercedes seat for 2022. He finally was going to fulfill his dream of being a Mercedes F1 driver alongside Lewis Hamilton. Sounds good, right? Well, Russell made it even better by outscoring the 7-time world champion by 35 points in his first season!

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It can be considered unfathomable, as Lewis Hamilton isn’t a driver who has an off-season or gets beaten by a teammate easily. Now Hamilton has had tough fights with former teammates like Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button, and Nico Rosberg. Yet George Russell has shown some amazing consistent performances in 2022.

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When Lewis struggled with the Mercedes W13 car, George was maximizing his results with a streak of Top-5 finishes in the initial part of the season. Hamilton finished P6 in the driver’s championship with 240 points while Russell finished 4th with 275 points.

Fans react to George Russell finishing ahead of Lewis Hamilton in the Driver’s Championship

Fans have reacted in their perspectives to this season’s performance by Russell. Some opine that Lewis experimented a lot in the initial few races and thus suffered bad results. While others have given the due credit and praises to the King’s Lynn-born driver.

The majority of Lewis Hamilton fans feel that, due to Hamilton experimenting a lot in the initial part of the season, Russell outscored him. But without those experiments, there was no chance for Russell to achieve this feat. Quite an argument!

This is an interesting comparison between Russell and Max Verstappen. Perhaps an indication of a title fight between these two. Of course, we count Lewis Hamilton in for a 3-way title fight in 2023. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for that.

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To be fair, credit should be given where it’s due. And to show the level of consistency to beat a 7-time world champion in your first season is quite praiseworthy from Russell. It certainly reflects that Lewis and George are two alpha drivers at Mercedes and they got a strong driver line-up to take on the championship in 2023.

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For now, as the 2022 season concludes, Russell will enter the next year with a different level of confidence. If the Silver Arrows can make a competitive car in 2023, Russell would be really looking to mount a championship challenge.

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Aishwary Gaonkar

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Aishwary Gaonkar is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his postgrad, he has set out to venture into the world of Sports Journalism. He is an ardent fan of F1 and has been following the most prestigious form of motor racing for over a decade now.

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