Russell ‘is aware of the place I’ll be driving’ as Hamilton warms to prospect of recent teammate
Lewis Hamilton says George Russell is “an extremely proficient driver” who he expects to have a superb relationship if they’re paired collectively at Mercedes in 2022.
Russell is anticipated to exchange Valtteri Bottas subsequent season, with the Finn in flip becoming a member of Alfa Romeo rather than the retiring Kimi Raikkonen. Beforehand Hamilton has targeted on his good relationship with Bottas and never spoken freely concerning the hypothetical scenario of being teammates with Russell, however forward of the Dutch Grand Prix he was very complimentary concerning the Williams driver.
“I feel it might be fairly good,” Hamilton mentioned. “I truthfully suppose it might be good. George is an extremely proficient driver, clearly. I might say most likely the one spotlight from final week was his qualifying lap — it was wonderful.
“I feel he’s humble; he’s bought an awesome method. Naturally being British I might think about most likely helps when it comes to communication. However in the mean time naturally I’ve to be tremendous supportive of the teammate I’ve proper now, in order that’s why I’m all the time supportive of Valtteri as a result of we now have a job to do proper now. Neither of us can win the staff championship alone, we now have to do it collectively.
“However I feel it might be… (Russell) is the longer term, he’s one of many members of the way forward for the game. I feel he’s already proven unimaginable driving up to now and I’m certain he’s going to proceed to develop. So the place higher to do it than in an awesome staff like this or wherever he goes to?”
Hamilton believes his partnership with Russell would have a higher likelihood of being harmonious than when he was racing alongside Fernando Alonso and Nico Rosberg.
“It’s not like I’ve something to show. I raced towards some unimaginable drivers as teammates. My rookie yr I used to be alongside Fernando. If something, if it does prove I’ve bought a brand new teammate, I’m in a unique place in my life — I’m excited to see the kids coming by.
“It’s not that I wish to lose to a teenager, naturally! However I’m excited to see the development of the game, as I’m a fan of the game on the finish of the day. You’ve heard me earlier on within the yr speak about Lando (Norris). It’s encouraging to see these kids come by. They’re fierce, I see numerous myself within the youthful era. I feel they’re what the game goes to depend on transferring ahead.
“There might be issues we study from one another. I feel it’s necessary that respect is all the time there, and communication will all the time be on the core of that. We’ve bought an incredible setting at our staff when it comes to morale, when it comes to our processes and the way the staff put their arms across the two drivers. That’s why we now have concord in our staff. I feel we’re so a lot better ready than we had been in earlier years.”
Whereas no announcement is anticipated this weekend, Russell confirmed he is aware of which staff he might be racing for subsequent season.
“I do know the place I’ll be driving subsequent yr,” Russell mentioned. “Verbally (advised) earlier than Spa. I’m not going to take a seat right here and lie and never say the reality. The reality is there’s nothing to announce however I’m conscious of the scenario of the place I’ll be racing subsequent yr and I used to be knowledgeable simply previous to Spa.”