‘Stumbling’ Lewis Hamilton warned Mercedes team-mate George Russell is ‘different calibre’

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LEWIS HAMILTON has been warned about new Mercedes teammate George Russell with the seven-time champion enduring a troublesome season.

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Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton has been warned his new teammate George Russell is a ‘totally different calibre’ by former System 1 driver Timo Glock. Hamilton has struggled in 2022 after agonisingly lacking out on the world title final 12 months, with the Brit sitting in sixth within the Drivers’ Championship whereas Russell is in fourth.

Russell has completed within the high 5 of every of the opening seven races of the season up to now, and isn’t solely the only driver to attain such a feat, however the Brit can also be the one driver on the grid to complete each race contained in the factors. The 24-year-old has outclassed Hamilton at most races in 2022 and is main the qualifying head-to-head 5-3 whereas he’s 7-1 forward of the 37-year-old in race finishes after solely shedding to him on the opening Bahrain Grand Prix. 

Hamilton completed on the rostrum that day with Russell in P4, and the Mercedes newcomer has achieved three podiums for the reason that opening race. As Crimson Bull achieved an easy one-two on the Azerbaijan Grand Prix final weekend, Russell secured a 3rd podium and finds himself 37 factors away from Hamilton within the championship.

Russell can also be simply 17 factors behind Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, who emerged as a real contender to Max Verstappen’s world championship crown. Glock, who left F1 in 2012 with three podiums to his identify, is worried in regards to the type of Hamilton because the seven-time world champion finds himself in others’ wake – a really totally different state of affairs to what he will probably be accustomed to.

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'Stumbling' Lewis Hamilton warned Mercedes team-mate George Russell is 'different calibre'

Lewis Hamilton has been outclassed by George Russell up to now in 2022 (Picture: GETTY)

Glock is intrigued to see how the connection between Hamilton and Russell evolves because the season unfolds. It is going to be significantly attention-grabbing to look at if Mercedes type out the porpoising difficulty that has plagued their season, and so they return to competing for wins.

“You possibly can hear it in his voice on the pit radio that sure issues don’t make him pleased,” the previous Toyota and Virgin driver instructed Auto Bild. “Issues are simply not coming collectively this 12 months.

“It’s like a sequence response, after which even a Lewis Hamilton begins to stumble. I additionally suppose that quite a bit is occurring in his head as a result of he hasn’t been uncovered to such a state of affairs but.

“Truly, he had his team-mates just about underneath management – however George Russell is a unique calibre. It stays to be seen how the entire thing will develop when Mercedes perhaps begins competing for victories once more this 12 months, which I believe they may.”

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'Stumbling' Lewis Hamilton warned Mercedes team-mate George Russell is 'different calibre'

George Russell secured his third podium of the season on the Azerbaijan Grand Prix final weekend (Picture: GETTY)

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff emphatically refuted solutions Hamilton has misplaced his type for the reason that conclusion of the 2021 season, no matter his deficit to Russell. Chatting with Channel 4, Wolff mentioned: “I believe so long as the automotive shouldn’t be ok to actually be racing on the entrance, the variations are small and I don’t suppose you may have a sample saying ‘George is constantly outperforming Lewis’ or the opposite means round.

“We’ve got seen Lewis in Barcelona, he was the genius that we all know.”

Hamilton was believed to be an harm doubt for the following spherical of the F1 season after he suffered again discomfort in Baku due to the aforementioned porpoising, the bouncing difficulty the octuple world champions have struggled with all season. Nonetheless, the Brit confirmed he’ll participate this weekend.

The 22-race F1 2022 marketing campaign continues with the Canadian Grand Prix across the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 19.


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