George Russell has been one of the most promising finds for the Mercedes racing team during the 2022 championship. The former F2 championship made a move to the Brackley-based outfit at the start of the season from Williams racing. While Lewis Hamilton has struggled with consistency amid Mercedes’ struggles with porpoising, Russell has been quite magnificent with top-five finishes in nine races before facing an early retirement in Silverstone. Russell is 18 points ahead of Hamilton in the drivers’ standings and is likely to finish higher than the seven-time world champ this season.
Amid all the drama at Mercedes, there have been discussions about the 24-year-old as the next team leader. Hamilton has been sensational for Mercedes, winning six championships for the team. However, the 37-year-old is at the twilight of his career and would likely retire after the end of his contract. And recently, Hamilton was asked how tough it has been for him to have a teammate like George Russell. The Briton responded that it was more of a pleasure rather than being tough. Lewis revealed that the two Mercedes drivers had worked together quite well. He added that George has been super positive and impacted the team’s working environment with his positive mindset.
Hamilton continued that it had been a pleasure for him to work with Russell. The Mercedes driver felt great to see the 24-year-old succeed in his rookie year for the Silver Arrows. Lewis believes George has done a great job and attained some crucial points for the team as he continues to improve. Hamilton said, “And it is going to continue to improve for a long time.”
Hamilton Back Russell To be Mercedes’ Team Leader
Lewis Hamilton has been one of the most successful drivers in F1 history. He has tied with Michael Schumacher for the highest (7) championship wins. He also came closer to winning his eighth championship last year, but the Abu Dhabi controversy cost him a win. Since then, the Briton has not won a single race, and rumors about his retirement have already started to surface.
Talking about Russell’s ability to be a leader, Hamilton said his teammate has a lot of potential and is at the right place for the kind of talent he possesses. Lewis thought that whether he stayed at Mercedes or not, George had all the abilities to lead the team to success. Thus, the Briton felt it was the right choice by Mercedes to consider Russell for the leadership position. Hamilton concluded, “I hope that I can be a part of helping him progress.”
Mercedes Understands George’s Call To Help Zhou Guanyu
George Russell revealed that the Silver Arrows understood why he went to check on Zhou Guanyu after the crash during the opening stages of the British Grand Prix. Unfortunately, Russell failed to restart his W13 and eventually faced his first retirement of the season. Russell was hit from behind, resulting in contact with Alfa Romeo’s Zhou, which sent the Chinese driver sliding into the barriers upside down and flipping between the gap after hitting the fencing.
During FIA’s press conference yesterday, George revealed that Mercedes completely understood why he went to check on Zhou. The 24-year-old said it was his natural reaction to help Zhou while the race was red-flagged after witnessing a horrible crash. George stated that the frustrations added to the emotions when he could not turn his car back on. The Briton added, “Because we definitely could have got going again and probably could have scored a strong result.”