Gerhard Berger on why Russell “risks more” than Hamilton

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Former Formula 1 driver Gerhard Berger says George Russell “risks more”, but Lewis Hamilton “is still the most complete driver of all”.

In a talk with Auto Bild, Gerhard Berger gave his opinion on why George Russell seems to be getting more out of Mercedes’ troubled car right now, than Lewis Hamilton.

“It’s quite simple: Russell risks more because he’s younger,” Berger said.

“If Lewis were fighting for victories, he would also drive more with the knife between his teeth. But when it comes to 13th place, that understandably no longer makes sense for him.”

However, Berger thinks Lewis’ motivation cannot be questioned, as he still aims to win his record-breaking eighth Formula 1 title.


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“Lewis’ goal is to become the sole record holder with an eighth title,” he continued.

“This goal slipped out of his hands in dramatic circumstances at the last second in Abu Dhabi in December. But I think he’s still working on it. Even if it doesn’t happen until next year.

“For me, Lewis is still the most complete driver of all in terms of the combination of pure speed and experience.”

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