Hamilton says Russell “has been the right choice” for Mercedes

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Lewis Hamilton says working with George Russell “has been pleasant”, and he “has all the qualities to help take this team forwards” and “lead them to success”.

George Russell has been impressing everyone with his performance so far in 2022, in spite of Mercedes’ issues.

Considering how in the championship standings George has outperformed Lewis Hamilton, ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix Lewis was asked how tough a team-mate has he been?

“I wouldn’t say it has been tough, it has been pleasant,” Lewis said.

“We have worked together incredibly well and George has been super-positive, had a positive impact on the working environment and it has genuinely been a real pleasure to work with him.

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“It has been great to see his success. He has done such a great job, he has got great points for the team and is continuing to improve and it is going to continue to improve for a long time.”

Lewis then said that he sees potential in George to lead Mercedes in the future.

“I definitely see he has got so much potential in him and he is in the right place for it as well.

“I really think that whether or not I am here, he has all the qualities to help take this team forwards into the future and lead them to success, so I think it has been the right choice by the team.

“I hope that I can be a part of helping him progress,” the Briton concluded.

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