George Russell has a very successful debut with Mercedes in 2022. Despite the troubles the team experienced with its car, the young Briton managed to win his first F1 race, and he was able to keep up with Lewis Hamilton throughout the season.
In a talk with GPFans.com, George was asked if he was surprised by Lewis’ “hunger to race into his 40s”.
“No,” Russell said matter-of-factly.
“When you see the level he’s performing at, he looks young, he’s fit, he’s in shape, he’s enjoying racing.
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“He’s also enjoying this journey that we’re on as a team to bring Mercedes back to the front.
“I’ve got a lot to thank him for because had Lewis not been my team-mate this year, people would’ve thought very differently about me this year.
“I joke with him that he probably saved my career by staying on in Formula 1 this year, because had he retired, and I had the exact same year as I’ve done this year, I’m sure perception would’ve been drastically different,” the Briton concluded.