Williams F1 Director: George Russell No Less Than Lewis Hamilton

Published 01/13/2022, 7:24 AM EST
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


George Russell will race alongside Lewis Hamilton in the 2022 season at Mercedes. The young British driver impressed everyone with his performances in Williams from 2019 to 2021, which included an unlikely P2 in Spa. But many have raised concerns the 7-time world champion might outclass that Russell in 2022.

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Many F1 fans are worried by Russell might not perform at the level of Hamilton in his first year with Mercedes. But William’s head of vehicle performance, Dave Robson mentioned that the George is no less than Hamilton.

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George Russell is no less than Lewis Hamilton: Dave Robson

As reported by Motorsport.nl, Robson that Russell will have to adapt to Mercedes as it is different from Williams. He also stated that his driving style may not be as different from Hamilton’s.

“There is no doubt that he still has more to learn because working at Mercedes is a different story than working for us. But when it comes to his style and attitude, he is absolutely no less than these two [Hamilton and Button],” said Robson.

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

“His work ethic and the way he brings the team together, along with his skills and his confidence in making decisions, are the real key factors. He has the talent to drive the car.

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There are plenty of people who also have that talent, but he also has everything to get the best out of the team and make the right decisions at crucial moments under pressure,” said the Williams head of vehicle performance.

It would be interesting to see how Russell stacks up against Lewis Hamilton. Although it is inevitable that at the start of the season, he may not be on par with his Mercedes teammate. But over the course of the season, it is expected that he will challenge and push Lewis till the end of the season.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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