“When You Look Into the Mirrors and See Lewis…”: F1 Victor George Russell Confesses to the Most Daunting Challenges of Duelling With Hamilton at Mercedes

Published 11/14/2022, 7:10 AM EST
BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN – MARCH 10: George Russell of Great Britain and Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes pose for a photo during Day One of F1 Testing at Bahrain International Circuit on March 10, 2022 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Mark Thompson – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

The 2022 Sao Paulo Grand Prix was arguably the most exciting race of the season. We finally broke away from the norm of a Red Bull victory, and it wasn’t a Ferrari who beat them. Mercedes won their first race of the season and again, for a change, it wasn’t Lewis Hamilton to have done it. George Russell opened up on what it was like racing his champion teammate and how much he’s learned from him.

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George Russell had his 7-time world champion teammate Lewis Hamilton tail him closely for the latter part of the race. Talking post-race, he opened up on how nerve-wracking the experience was. He also talked about how he had to reset himself to shrug off the doubts and bring the victory home.

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George Russell opens up on how it was like racing against Lewis Hamilton

Speaking with Sky Sports, Russell explained, You know, when you look into the mirrors and you see Lewis Hamilton there, I just knew how fast he was and I was driving the race of my life. But I knew this was a victory to be taken and so happy to watch that line and so proud of the whole team and the work we’ve done this season.”

Formula One F1 – Brazilian Grand Prix – Jose Carlos Pace Circuit, Sao Paulo, Brazil – November 12, 2022 Mercedes’ George Russell celebrates with third placed Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton after qualifying in pole position in sprint qualifying REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli

Talking about holding the nerves, he said, I think just believing in myself. Believing in my team around me. I think we all had a bit of a sit-down and reset.”

“We know that when we play everything together as we were at the start of the year, we can beat anyone. And as I said, when you do have Lewis as your teammate, it’s difficult to go every single weekend and keep on performing because he’s just on it every single session.”

“I just feel so fortunate to be alongside him. I’m learning so much. He’s really really pushing me.”

Lewis Hamilton was stoked after the Silver Arrows not just finally secured a win, but also finished 1-2 in the race.

Lewis Hamilton speaks on a 1-2 finish for Mercedes in Brazil

Speaking post-race, Hamilton thanked the team for their effort throughout the season. He also congratulated teammate George Russell for his first career GP win.

Formula One F1 – Brazilian Grand Prix – Jose Carlos Pace Circuit, Sao Paulo, Brazil – November 13, 2022 Mercedes’ George Russell celebrates after winning the race alongside Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and teammates REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli

I want to say I feel really good. We’ve worked so hard this year. To be where we are, to be fighting for the front row, to be fighting for the podium and getting 1-2. I want to say I’m elated for the whole team.”

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Hamilton was asked if he felt the final race at Abu Dhabi could be his first win on the season. Confident in his team’s abilities that we have witnessed lately, he didn’t rule the possibility out.

Who knows? We didn’t expect to be as quick as we are, we’ve been this weekend. So, it’s just incredible, the turnaround. It’s really all down to incredible men and women back at the factory, working so hard, all year long, never giving up, continuing to push.”

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Nischay Rathore

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Nischay Rathore is a Formula 1 Author at EssentiallySports. Being a law graduate, he has worked at the Supreme Court of India as well as the High Court of Delhi. However, due to his adherent love for sports, he has now set out to start his journey into the world of Sports Journalism.

Edited By: Ranvijay Singh

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