LEWIS HAMILTON begins the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in 14th with George Russell forward of him in eleventh.
Nico Rosberg is aware of what it’s like combating with Lewis Hamilton (Picture: GETTY/SKYSPORTS)
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Lewis Hamilton might be “very offended” at beginning one other race behind George Russell, in accordance with Nico Rosberg. The F1 2022 season has not gone to plan for Mercedes thus far with the W13 nowhere close to near difficult Crimson Bull and Ferrari.
Hamilton benefitted from Crimson Bull’s reliability points in Bahrain to complete on the rostrum, however he is struggled since then. Russell completed simply behind Hamilton in Bahrain, however has overwhelmed his team-mate on each events since then in Saudi Arabia and Australia.
And it was the identical end result in qualifying on Friday at Imola with Russell in eleventh and Hamilton solely managing thirteenth. The seven-time world champion’s frustrations had been clear on Friday when he was noticed having a heated alternate with Toto Wolff within the crew storage.
Rosberg is aware of higher than most how Hamilton offers with strain having been the one man at Mercedes to beat the Brit in a full season. And the 2016 F1 champion is aware of Hamilton might be “very offended” on the present scenario with Russell beginning forward of him for Sunday’s race.
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Lewis Hamilton is beginning behind George Russell once more (Picture: GETTY)
“Let’s not overlook, Lewis hates ending up behind his team-mate,” he stated on Sky Sports activities. “Even for those who’re eleventh and thirteenth. He actually, actually, passionately hates coming in behind his team-mate. It makes him very offended and that additionally occurred in qualifying and the race this weekend thus far.
“That is additionally going to place the tensions up quite a bit within the engineering room the place Lewis goes to be pushing more durable and more durable so it is going to be attention-grabbing to see how that unfolds.”
Hamilton nonetheless has little over 18 months on his present contract with Mercedes, however their present woes this yr has led to some questions whether or not he’ll name it quits on the finish of the season. Nevertheless, the British racing famous person has made it clear that he nonetheless has full religion within the crew to show issues round.
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“We now have had wonderful occasions collectively, highs and lows collectively, and I’m 100 per cent dedicated to this crew and there may be nowhere else I need to be,” Hamilton stated. “Simply because we’ve hit a tough patch, it’s not in my DNA to pack up.
“We’re nonetheless world champions and we will repair this. It’s simply going to take longer. It is going to be a painful yr that we’ve to experience out collectively.
“Hopefully, we will rectify it in some unspecified time in the future within the yr, or worst-case state of affairs, by subsequent yr.”