George Russell: “Lewis is an incredibly unique character”

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George Russell says Lewis Hamilton “does things so differently to so many other people”, and compares that to Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

During his appearance on The High Performance Podcast, George Russell talked about Lewis Hamilton and how his path differs from those of ‘typical drivers’.

“Lewis is an incredibly unique character,” Russell said.

“I think he’s incredibly inspiring with all of his activities and projects he has off-circuit.

“When you look at drivers from the past who are just pure racing drivers, [they think]: ‘I’m going to wake up living and breathing this sport’.

“He does things so differently to so many other people, yet has still had so much success along the way.”

George then compared Lewis’ path to that of tennis greats Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

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“When I look at Federer, Nadal and Djokovic, these are three greats of the sport.

“Statistically, they’ve all basically achieved exactly the same achievements, yet they have three totally different ways of playing. I’m sure they train differently.

“When you watch them, they look different. When you see them on court, they excel on different courts or playing fields, yet they’re three greats.

“I think the thing I take away from that, and also what I take away from Lewis, is that there is no one path to success. I think you need to find your own path, your own journey.

“You need to have that self-belief that, even if somebody is going down a certain path, you need to follow your own course and you need to do what is best for you,” the Briton concluded.

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