At the Australian Grand Prix George Russell scored his first podium since joining Mercedes, with Lewis Hamilton right behind him in P4.
At the post-race press conference the Briton was asked if finishing ahead of his team-mate is important to him.
“These small things in the scheme of things don’t mean a lot really,” Russell said.
“Obviously, everybody wants to finish ahead of their teammate, but Lewis and I have no interest in battling it out for P5, P6. And we want to work together, to claw that gap back.
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“So, there’s no hard feelings if he’s ahead of me, there’s no hard feelings if I’m ahead of him, and we’re not too concerned about that at the moment.
“So it’s quite a strange feeling for me, to be honest, because we have such high expectations from all of us. Whereas you know, previously, in my first couple of years that was everything.
“Because we weren’t really fighting for points, we weren’t fighting for much, that was the only satisfaction you could get, is your results based on your teammate.
“But here we have a bigger picture, and the long game we need to play is to catch these guys up because we’re here to win,” George concluded.