Lewis Hamilton is evidently one of the most successful F1 drivers of the fraternity. He is sharing the record for the most (seven) championship wins ever in the history of Formula one. His switch to Mercedes from McLaren in 2012 resulted in a striving duo of Hamilton & Toto Wolff. Together, they won six world championship titles and many, many records, which are still under the name of either Hamilton or Mercedes.
However, the year 2022 changed the dynamics for the Silver Arrows. Because of the new technical directives and the budget cap, Mercedes was not able to make a championship-winning car. And until now, their lead driver Hamilton is struggling to clinch his first victory of the 2022 season. On the other hand, Mercedes’ other driver George Russell is evidently doing better than Lewis Hamilton in the same car. In his maiden run with Mercedes, George is consistently adding points for the outfit. Not only that, he is currently 30 points ahead of Lewis Hamilton and is standing at the fourth position of the drivers’ standing.
This leads to the question is George Russell on the path to surpassing Lewis Hamilton’s legacy with the Mercedes? If you are also pondering the same question, then keep reading to find out your answer.
Will George Russell Take Over Lewis Hamilton In F1 Career?
This year, it seemed tough for Mercedes to reach the podium position because of their troubled W13. In the last fifteen races, the Silver Arrows’ drivers only attained six podium positions. However, George Russell is the only driver to finish in the top 5 every race. This excludes the British GP, where he faced a DNF because of Zhou Guanyu crash. Even Lewis Hamilton was not able to achieve such a feat this year. It is evident that at 24 years of age, Russell has gained quite an experience for himself in fighting for points and polishing his skills.
Prior to Mercedes, George Russel was a Williams driver. However, he was not able to fight for wins in his previous outfit. But apparently, the young Briton has worked on his skills and performance to prove his jump to such a big outfit.
Not only in comparison with his team-mate Lewis Hamilton, but George Russell is also currently doing a lot better than his contemporaries on the grid. He is in the fourth position already and is just thirteen points behind Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc & Red Bull’s Sergio Perez to achieve the second position in the 2022 drivers’ standings. On the other hand, Lewis Hamilton is in the sixth position and is nowhere near the achieve the top 5. By achieving such a big feat in the maiden year with Mercedes, George Russell can work on himself over the years and might surpass his team-mate, the seven-time world champion, in the future.