George Russell says Lewis Hamilton’s advice “pushed him forward into F1”

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George Russell says he was given a specific bit of advice by Lewis Hamilton while he was driving in F2, that he hopes he will be able to use against him on the track.

Russell, a part of Mercedes’ junior driver programme, had an opportunity to learn from Lewis Hamilton while still trying to make his way into Formula 1. The young Briton won the Formula 2 title that year and made his Formula 1 debut the year after with Williams.

In a fan Q&A on Sky Sports F1 Russell talked about that specific bit of advice.

“I had a little bit of advice from Lewis about two years ago when I was racing in F2,” said Russell.

“We were in a debrief and I was struggling a little bit with something. I was talking to some of the engineers and he just gave me a bit of advice from the driving side.

“It was mainly about the tyres, and how to try and get more out of them. I’d say that was a little thing that helped me find that little bit extra, what I was just missing at the start of my F2 career.

“That’s actually pushed forward into F1 as well and has benefitted me as I moved into F1. That little piece of information triggered something in my mind. I think a lot about it and how I can get even more out of it.

“I hope I can make him regret giving me that advice one day,” Russell concluded jokingly.

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