George Russell says Lewis Hamilton is “obviously the greatest of all time”

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George Russell explains he would pick Max Verstappen as his team-mate once Lewis Hamilton retires, because he wants to race the best, but adds “Lewis was, and still is, the greatest driver of all time”.

In a recent interview, George Russell was asked which driver would he pick to be his team-mate, if Lewis Hamilton decided to retire. The young Briton said it would be Max Verstappen, because he wants to race against the best.

Now, in an interview with, George said at the moment Lewis is “the greatest of all time”.

“He’s obviously the greatest of all time,” George said.

“I learn a lot on and off the track from him. I think he’s still hungry for more. He’s hungry to try and win more races. I’m hungry to achieve that and beat him.

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“Somebody asked me before ‘if Lewis wasn’t my team mate, who would I want it to be’, and I said Max, because when I joined Mercedes Lewis was, and still is, the greatest driver of all time.

“You would define him as the quickest and the best on the grid and I’ve got the chance to go head-to-head with him still now week in, week out.

“So you want to put yourself against the best because I believe in myself and I want to prove to myself and the people around me what I’m capable of.

“You gain that respect by competing against the best in the business,” Russell concluded.

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