‘Hamilton won’t want to see Russell in front ever again’

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‘Hamilton won’t want to see Russell in front ever again’

After being crushed comfortably at Imola, Nico Rosberg believes Lewis Hamilton won’t ever desire a repeat of that sort of disparity in opposition to George Russell.

Russell made the many of the race begin on Sunday, managing to maneuver up 5 locations on the primary lap and finally cross Kevin Magnussen to then put himself within the high 5, which finally grew to become a P4 end after Charles Leclerc’s late spin.

Hamilton struggled in the meantime, discovering himself caught within the midfield in a practice of vehicles and was first behind Lance Stroll, earlier than being jumped previous on the pit stops by Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly.

The seven-time World Champion couldn’t discover a well beyond the AlphaTauri driver, with the pair in a DRS practice for the second half of the race – and Hamilton ended up being lapped by eventual race winner Max Verstappen.

Russell has now opened up a 21-point lead over his illustrious team-mate at this early stage of the season, and Hamilton’s former Mercedes companion is aware of higher than anybody how a lot he’ll need to get again on phrases rapidly.

“That was powerful to see Lewis in that state,” Rosberg mentioned on Sky F1 after watching Hamilton’s paddock interview wherein he dominated himself out of title competition.

“It’s comprehensible. It’s an extended season however they [Mercedes] are nowhere with that automotive. They aren’t even going to have the ability to struggle for race wins any time quickly so it’s tough for Lewis to maintain his motivation up.

“However I feel he’ll handle as a result of he’s a fighter. There may be at all times going to be that factor of desirous to beat your team-mate. That’s going to be actually, actually necessary to him.

“And with George performing so nicely, that may very well be the largest motivator for Lewis to maintain going and preserve going as a result of he doesn’t need to see George in entrance of him ever once more.

“I feel that may preserve the fireplace on.”

 

Crew principal Toto Wolff admitted after the race that Mercedes had not offered a automotive “worthy” of Hamilton’s skills over the weekend, with the group having been nicely off the tempo in each qualifying and Saturday’s dash, with unfavourable monitor place proving key to Hamilton’s points on Sunday – going as far as to say the W13 was “undriveable” for the 37-year-old.

The Briton’s P13 end was solely the second time because the 2013 Spanish Grand Prix that he had been categorized as a finisher exterior the highest 10, with the opposite coming at Baku in 2021, when his lock-up on the late restart noticed him plummet to the again of the pack.

 

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