LEWIS HAMILTON and George Russell have been working together this season to find the best package for Mercedes.
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Lewis Hamilton and George Russell’s harmonious relationship at Mercedes may be coming to an end, Juan Pablo Montoya suggests. When Russell replaced Valtteri Bottas for this season, many were wary about how the Brit would work alongside his compatriot Hamilton.
Toto Wolff played down any suggestion there would be a repeat of the Hamilton and Nico Rosberg battle, stating he would clamp down on any nonsense. But due to Mercedes being off the pace, Russell and Hamilton have had to work together in trying to find the best package for the W13.
Both drivers have come out and said repeatedly that they’re willing to put in the hard hours to get Mercedes back to the top. It meant at times the two drivers ran vastly different set-ups in the early races to understand the car better.
Then the team appeared to turn a corner in the few races before the summer break and came close to their first win of the season at the Hungarian Grand Prix. With the season restarting in Spa this weekend, all eyes will be on Mercedes to see whether they’re finally able to compete with Ferrari and Red Bull for race pace.
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Lewis Hamilton has beaten George Russell in five consecutive races (Image: GETTY)
Hamilton may still trail Russell in the Drivers’ Championship, but he’s beaten his team-mate in five consecutive races now and has momentum on his side. And Montoya believes Russell is starting to get frustrated with Hamilton beating him on a regular basis.
“I think the way it is going at the moment, I think Lewis (Hamilton) is starting to get to his (George Russell) head a little bit,” Montoya told VegasInsider. “And Lewis is running a little bit stronger than anybody expected. And I think that makes it tough.”
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He added: “If you look at it, yes, he (Russell) is Mr Consistency, but the guy getting the podium is Lewis. If they had the fastest two cars at the moment, Lewis would be winning. And so, do you want to be Mr Consistency, or do you want to be the winner?
“Well, he (Hamilton) has been consistently winning with the best car, and consistently beating his teammate. And that hasn’t changed. So you want to be consistent, but you still need to be faster than your teammate if you want to win.”