GEORGE RUSSELL is forward of Lewis Hamilton within the factors standings in his debut season at Mercedes.
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Toto Wolff has claimed Lewis Hamilton and George Russell have stunned him this season as Mercedes’ struggles proceed. The Austrian claims the British pair are in a position to work collectively to search out options to the staff’s points whereas nonetheless being aggressive.
The feedback come after the 50-year-old staff boss was requested whether or not he was stunned how nicely the brand new team-mates had been getting together with one another this season. Talking to PA, he replied: “Sure as a result of they’re each so aggressive while nonetheless having the ability to work collectively.
“The trouble they’re placing into exhibiting respect – from the younger child to one of the best ever and from Lewis in appreciating the long run expertise that’s in George – is spectacular.” After the race, Wolff mentioned the 2 drivers embraced the “spirit of the staff”.
He added: “One issue that leaves me very optimistic for the long run is the mindset and power of the staff. Everybody within the UK, in Stuttgart and within the travelling race staff is pulling collectively each ounce of effort now we have to deal with the efficiency gaps with dedication and a deep starvation. Seeing Lewis and George carry out at an exceptionally high-level at the moment with a instrument that’s clearly not on the tempo of the leaders is one other instance of the spirit of this staff.
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Toto Wolff has been stunned at Lewis Hamilton and George Russell (Picture: Getty)
“We’re optimistic but life like on the timeline for enchancment and the benefit our opponents have, however P3 and P4 helps us depart Australia with a superb feeling.” Hamilton shared an image of him and Russell understanding within the fitness center forward of the Australian Grand Prix.
He captioned the picture: “Teamwork makes the dream work.” The seven-time champion praised Russell forward of the season, claiming he “matches very simply into the staff”.
He confirmed his admiration of Russell post-Australia after congratulating the rookie on his first Mercedes podium. Likewise, Russell has careworn the significance of working with Hamilton to get the Mercedes nearer to the entrance.
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Mercedes has been struggling for tempo however continues to be scoring factors (Picture: Getty)
Talking to Channel 4, Russell was requested whether or not beating Hamilton was a cherry on the cake.
He replied: “No, to be sincere, we’re not right here to complete P3, P4, P5, we’re right here to win. We wish to win, we wish to work collectively.
“We all know that if we would like an opportunity to battle with Charles [Leclerc] and Max [Verstappen] we have to work collectively as a staff to get extra efficiency.”