George Russell says he is not “going to go out there trying to be the leader of the team when I’m going up against the greatest of all time”
While the media is fascinated by the possibility of an intra-team conflict between a young up-and-coming driver in George Russell, and a seven-time world champion in Lewis Hamilton, Russell has said numerous times that he doesn’t expect such a conflict to happen.
In an interview with Sky Sports, the young Briton said the situation at Mercedes is not even close to that.
“I think we are at different stages of our careers, there’s no hard feelings either way,” Russell said.
“From my side, I’m 24 years old going against the greatest of all time. If he finished ahead of me, obviously I don’t like it but I won’t cry and sulk about it.
“Equally, from Lewis’ side, he has achieved so much – he’s a seven-time World Champion, he holds records.
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“You see it sometimes when you have two drivers who are at the same stage of their career, both fighting for…
“There’s no number one or number two at Mercedes, but in the back of all drivers’ minds they are fighting for that top leadership spot – ‘I want to be the one’. Whereas from both of us there isn’t that.
“Lewis has been here so long. I’m the new kid at the team. I’m not going to go out there trying to be the leader of the team when I’m going up against the greatest of all time who’s been here for 10 years.
“He’s like the captain of the team and that’s how it should be,” the Briton concluded.