George Russell shoots down Lewis Hamilton rivalry fears after Nico Rosberg comparisons

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GEORGE RUSSELL is forward of team-mate Lewis Hamilton within the drivers’ standings after the primary three races of the season.

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George Russell has claimed the intra-team battle with Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes is not going to boil over as he accepts Hamilton is the “captain”. Russell says each him and Hamilton weren’t combating for the “prime management spot” within the staff, taking pictures down any rivalry between the pair.

The previous Williams man claimed Hamilton has been on the Silver Arrows for “so lengthy” and so “ought to” be the de-facto chief regardless of his factors deficit. Russell has had a stronger begin to the brand new season, main his seven-time champion team-mate by 9 factors after the primary three races.

Hamilton’s final correct problem from a team-mate got here in 2016 when Nico Rosberg pipped him to the crown. Nonetheless, the staff misplaced management of the pair with the strain reaching breaking level after contact at that season’s Spanish Grand Prix.

Talking to Sky Sports activities F1, Russell stated: “We’re at simply completely different levels of our profession. There’s no exhausting emotions both method. From my aspect, I am 24 years previous going up in opposition to the best of all time.

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George Russell shoots down Lewis Hamilton rivalry fears after Nico Rosberg comparisons

George Russell has shot down any claims of a Mercedes rivalry between him and Hamilton (Picture: Getty)

“If he had been to complete forward of me clearly I do not prefer it however I am not going to cry and sulk about it. Equally from Lewis’ aspect, he has achieved a lot, he’s a seven-time world champion, he has all of the data.

“You see it generally when you have got drivers who’re on the similar stage of their profession. There’s no primary or quantity two at Mercedes however at the back of all drivers’ minds you’re combating for that prime management spot.

“Whereas for each of us there isn’t that as a result of Lewis has been right here for thus lengthy. I’m the brand new child inside the staff and I am not going to go on the market making an attempt to be the chief of the staff.

“I am going up in opposition to the best of all time who’s been right here for 10 years. He’s the captain of the staff and that’s the way it needs to be.”

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George Russell shoots down Lewis Hamilton rivalry fears after Nico Rosberg comparisons

George Russell solely joined the staff firstly of this season (Picture: Getty)

Russell has picked up three top-five finishes this season together with his second profession podium in Australia final day trip. In the meantime, Hamilton has struggled for efficiency and been unable to shut the hole to the pacesetters of Ferrari and Crimson Bull.

Hamilton scored a podium in Bahrain after a double Crimson Bull retirement and benefited from related issues to complete fourth in Australia. Nonetheless, he was unable to flee the primary a part of qualifying in Saudi Arabia and was solely in a position to get well to tenth to attain one level.

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