After the first four races of the 2022 season, former F1 driver John Watson heavily praised George Russell.
“I think you can’t state highly enough what he has done in the first four races,” Watson told RacingNews365.com.
“I think the way he’s conducted himself within the team and within the media… He’s not standing in the front and taking the limelight, he’s respecting Lewis’ legacy.
“At the same time, he’s doing an absolutely blinding job, and his drive [at Imola] on Sunday was an outstanding drive.”
However, with some criticising Lewis Hamilton for his inability to overtake Pierre Gasly at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Watson says he doesn’t think Russell would have been able to do a better job in the same position.
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“Had the circumstances been the other way around, would George have done a better job than Lewis behind Gasly or not? I suspect probably not.
“George had a very good first lap and gained positions, and found himself in a much easier situation than Lewis.
“Lewis found himself bogged down in the middle of cars; he’s got cars around him, behind him, on top of him…
“If that had been in last year’s car, as we saw [in the Sprint race] in Brazil, he would have picked them off, but he’s not on that car.
“He hasn’t got that advantage over his competitors that he had in 2021,” the Briton concluded.