George Russell has backed his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to come back again “so robust” after the seven-time former World Champion endured a weekend to neglect at Imola.
Hamilton’s 2022 misfortunes continued on the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix when he crossed the road P13 – solely the second time since 2013 the Briton has completed outdoors of the factors.
After the race, Toto Wolff went on the workforce radio to apologise to Hamilton and described the automotive as “undriveable”, however the former World Champion’s race was in stark distinction to his team-mate George Russell.
The Mercedes rookie began excellently to leap 5 locations within the first lap earlier than ultimately securing fourth place – the third time this season he has completed forward of Hamilton.
Regardless of this begin, Russell shouldn’t be getting forward of himself and predicted Hamilton will bounce again sooner moderately than later.
“I believe it’s simply how issues fall typically on a race weekend,” he mentioned, as reported by Autosport.
“I made a really robust begin. I don’t know what occurred with him (Hamilton) initially, however we’re equally struggling and when the automotive is to this point away from bed and it’s not in the suitable window, it doesn’t actually really feel like a correct racing automotive to drive.
“And particularly we’re fighting the tyre warm-up. Friday was 13 levels and it was only a nightmare to drive.
“I anticipate him to come back again so robust, and the way in which he’s pushing and motivating the workforce is inspiring.
“I’m not getting comfy with this place as a result of I do know what he’s able to.”
One potential rationalization as to why Russell has to this point fared higher than Hamilton would have been the current historical past of the 2 drivers getting into into the season.
Hamilton had simply missed out on a record-breaking eighth world title however was used to driving automobiles able to combating for the championship, whereas Russell was coming from Williams and effectively versed in squeezing essentially the most from a poor-performing automotive.
“It’s simply been a extremely tough place for us as a workforce and maybe with my struggles at Williams driving very tough automobiles, possibly that’s helped in some small regard,” Russell went on to say.
“Q1 and Q2 for us now’s massively essential, whereas beforehand for Mercedes that was a breeze – it was nearly like a build-up session preparing for Q3.
“When it comes to outcomes we’re positively getting essentially the most out of it and issues have positively fallen our approach in these first 4 races.
“It offers me, and I’m certain it offers the workforce, confidence that when the automotive improves we’ll be there to get much more factors on the board.
“However as I mentioned earlier than this weekend, we are able to’t maintain this stage of those outcomes if we don’t enhance the tempo of the automotive.”