Damon Hill names big challenge George Russell faces against Lewis Hamilton

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GEORGE RUSSELL has crushed world champion team-mate Lewis Hamilton to date this season, however the Mercedes rookie faces a serious problem.

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George Russell should set up himself towards Lewis Hamilton throughout his first season in F1, based on Damon Hill. The 1996 champion says if Russell doesn’t present his potential, individuals will declare he was ‘not good’ sufficient to drive for F1’s prime staff.

He warns individuals ‘don’t waste time’ earlier than they ‘put the dampers’ on somebody if they do not impress early on. Russell has to date impressed at Mercedes with the Silver Arrows rookie securing 4 successive top-five finishes.

It has left Russell fourth within the drivers’ standings with nearly double the variety of factors Hamilton has scored. Nonetheless, Hill warned it could possibly be tough for Russell to maintain up this degree of efficiency all through the course of the season.

Talking to the F1 Nation Podcast, he stated: “George could be very eager to ascertain himself and he has to, let’s be sincere. The best way this sport is performed, in case you have been introduced right into a staff and also you don’t present your credentials fairly rattling fast, then individuals begin to go ‘not good’.

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Damon Hill names big challenge George Russell faces against Lewis Hamilton

George Russell faces a serious problem towards Lewis Hamilton (Picture: Getty)

“They don’t waste any time earlier than they begin placing the dampers on somebody, so he has accomplished job however whether or not he can maintain that up all season, if Lewis finds what he wants from the automobile, we will see.” The previous Williams man additionally secured his maiden Mercedes podium on the Australian Grand Prix.

As compared, Hamilton scored a podium in Bahrain and stable factors in Australia however has struggled elsewhere. The seven-time champion secured only one level in his tenth place end in Saudi Arabia.

He struggled to race towards the opposite midfield groups at Imola, ending simply thirteenth after he was unable to make up floor within the Dash race or the Grand Prix.

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Damon Hill names big challenge George Russell faces against Lewis Hamilton

George Russell has starred at Mercedes this season (Picture: Getty)

Mercedes’ Russell has beforehand claimed the pair are working collectively to search out options to the staff’s issues. He stated there could be ‘no arduous emotions’ from whoever completed behind at Mercedes and pressured Hamilton was nonetheless the ‘captain’ of the staff.

After Imola, Russell pressured Hamilton would ‘come again’ after a poor weekend. He stated: “He is extremely quick and he is confirmed that to date this 12 months, however it’s simply been tough for us as a staff to get it accomplished when the time is required.

“When issues have been extra steady, Lewis has nonetheless been massively quick. I do know there was a little bit of a blip final weekend however I’ve little question he’ll come again and the way in which he is pushing the staff and motivating the staff is really inspiring.

“All of us need extra. He needs extra. No person is proud of the place we’re in at present.”


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