Russell: No rivalry, Hamilton is the captain

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Russell: No rivalry, Hamilton is the captain

George Russell has defined he feels no have to combat Lewis Hamilton for what could be perceived because the primary spot at Mercedes.

That’s as a result of Hamilton, along with his seven World titles, is the “captain of the crew and that’s the way it needs to be”.

This season, Mercedes have discovered themselves in a really completely different place to the previous eight years, the Brackley squad preventing simply to be in podium rivalry by no means thoughts win races.

Hamilton and Russell every have one top-three displaying, however that’s certainly not the aim for a crew which have received seven of the final eight Drivers’ titles and a report eight successive Constructors’ Championships.

With the team-mates’ most important focus proper now being on making certain Mercedes get better, the anticipated fireworks between the seven-time former World Champion and the pretender to his throne have but to materialise.

Russell reckons that’s not a lot due to Mercedes’ on-track place, quite due to the place the team-mates are of their careers.

“I believe we’re at completely different levels of our careers, there’s no laborious emotions both manner,” Russell informed Sky Sports activities F1.

“From my aspect, I’m 24 years outdated going in opposition to the best of all time. If he completed forward of me, clearly I don’t prefer it however I received’t cry and sulk about it.

“Equally, from Lewis’ aspect, he has achieved a lot – he’s a seven-time World Champion, he holds data.

“You see it typically when you may have two drivers who’re on the similar stage of their profession, each preventing for…there’s no primary or quantity two at Mercedes however at the back of all drivers’ minds they’re preventing for that prime management spot – ‘I need to be the one’.

“Whereas from each of us there isn’t that.”

However even when there was, Russell concedes Hamilton along with his previous success could be very a lot the “captain” at Mercedes and that’s “the way it needs to be”.


“Lewis has been right here so lengthy,” he continued. “I’m the brand new child on the crew.

“I’m not going to go on the market making an attempt to be the chief of the crew once I’m going up in opposition to the best of all time who’s been right here for 10 years.

“He’s just like the captain of the crew and that’s the way it needs to be.”

It’s, nonetheless, Russell who’s larger on this 12 months’s Drivers’ Championship, the Briton having scored 37 factors to take a seat P2.

He has managed three successive top-five finishes whereas Hamilton misplaced out in Saudi Arabia. He has simply 28 factors to his tally.




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