Hamilton says George Russell “has the potential to be a future champion”

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Lewis Hamilton says current Williams driver and Mercedes junior George Russell is one of the drivers who are “the future of this sport”.

At the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix George Russell made one of his rare mistakes and crashed under a Safety Car. After the race Lewis Hamilton sent him a message of support and now, at the Turkish Grand Prix Thursday press conference, he fully endorsed the young Briton.

“Looking at those that are in the early stages of their Formula 1 career, I’ve been there,” said Hamilton.

“I know what it’s like to have experiences like that and I just wanted to show it’s okay, don’t beat yourself down too much.

“He’ll do it his own way anyway because that’s how we are wired as racing drivers.

“I just wanted to show some support because what I think he’s done is similar to Alonso and a lot of the drivers that came into one of the teams that are further back, having an opportunity to grow and improve, lead a team, make mistakes, all those different things.


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“I think this year it’s just been great how he’s handled everything and what he’s done with that car, to put it into Q2 quite often and really deliver great results… I’ve been really impressed with his racecraft and how he’s growing.”

As Mercedes’ junior driver since 2017, Russell is one of the main contenders for a Mercedes seat in the future. Hamilton believes the Briton has the potential to be a world champion.

“There are several drivers who are the future of this sport and he’s one of them.

“I’m really excited to see his progression and I have no doubt he has the potential to be a future champion,” concluded the six-time champion.

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