Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has lavished reward on his future team-mate, George Russell, admitting he hopes to cross the baton to his fellow Brit when he retires from Formulation One in the future. Russell replaces the outgoing Finn Valtteri Bottas subsequent season in a much-anticipated all-British line-up at Mercedes.
The 24-year-old has been excelling this 12 months in an uncompetitive Williams automotive, scoring his first factors for the staff in Hungary and pulling off a shocking one-lap show at the rain-hit Belgian Grand Prix to qualify on the entrance row, only a week after receiving the name from boss Toto Wolff that he could be stepping up.
Russell was additionally spectacular in Russia after qualifying third in Sochi, understanding his destiny was now set at Mercedes subsequent season.
The British-based German staff had been caught between a rock and a tough place, with the uncooked expertise of Russell ultimately outshining the stability of Bottas for 2022, and Hamilton says he expects large issues from the Briton when he retires.
“You’ve got seen George is vastly respectful,” Hamilton advised the BBC. “He is a super-talented younger man and I feel there’s an enormous quantity of respect already stepping into and we have a pleasant stability at the second.
“However he’s going to need to be fast, he’s going to need to present up and win, and do all these issues that you simply do when you enter a brand new position.
“I bear in mind in 2007 when I went up in opposition to [Fernando] Alonso. In fact, I wished to beat him at the first race, so I admire and count on George to have that mentality, in any other case, he’s not a winner, ?
“However I am in a special place. I really need to see him succeed. There’s going to be a degree the place I do not proceed on this sport and, , he’s my team-mate and he’s gonna be the subsequent Brit that I would like to see win a world championship.
“So whereas we’re going to be competing and I would like to win on monitor, I actually hope I can have a optimistic affect on how he conducts himself inside the staff.