George Russell: “Lewis obviously has nothing left to prove”

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George Russell says he and Lewis Hamilton are not fighting “for the number one position in the team”, they “just fight for the best position”.

In a talk with Autohebdo, George Russell once again opened up on his relationship with team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

The young Briton said there are no issues between their sides of the garage.

“We have a very open relationship with Lewis,” Russell said.

“I think it has to do with the fact that we are at different stages in our careers. There’s a lot of mutual respect between us.

“Lewis obviously has nothing left to prove. Not to anyone. And I also feel that I have nothing to prove either. I am in this position because I have worked very hard and I’ve earned it.”

George then explained that problems between team-mates usually happen when they are on the same level and/or in the same phase of their careers.

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“When you have a team-mate of the same generation and at a similar level, that’s when it gets messy in a team.

“Relationships are better when there is a clear number one, or when both drivers are at different stages of their careers, like Lewis and I.

“We don’t fight for position, we just fight for the best position. You don’t fight for the number one position in the team.

“Take Charles [Leclerc] and Carlos [Sainz] for example, or Lando [Norris] and Oscar [Piastri], they’re really fighting to secure their future and their positions within their team.

“My future is here, in this team. I know that, so there is no rivalry. I’m not here to fight with my team-mate, but to win,” Russell concluded.

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