Hamilton says he wants Russell to be “the next Brit” to win the F1 title

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Lewis Hamilton says he wants to have “a positive influence” on George Russell in 2022, and says he is “going to be the next Brit that I want to see win a world championship”.

George Russell will become Lewis Hamilton’s team-mate at Mercedes in 2022, and while many are predicting the young Briton will challenge the seven-time champion right off the bat, Lewis says he wants to help George develop into “the next Brit” to win the Formula 1 championship.

“George is a super-talented young man and I think there’s a huge amount of respect already going in and we’ve got… I think there’s just a nice balance at the moment,” Hamilton told selected journalists.

“But he’s going to want to be quick, I know he’s going to want to show up and win, and do all those things that you do when you enter a new role.

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“I remember when I went up against [Fernando] Alonso, of course I wanted to beat him at the first race so I appreciate and expect George to have that mentality – otherwise he’s not a winner, you know?

“I think he will have that mentality. Again I’m in a different place. I really want to see him succeed.

“There’s going to be a point where I don’t continue in this sport and, you know, he’s my team-mate and he’s going to be the next Brit that I want to see win a world championship.

“So I really hope that whilst we are going to be competing and I want to be number one, win on track, I hope I can have a positive influence,” Lewis concluded.

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