Lewis Hamilton responds to Jacques Villeneuve’s comments

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1997 F1 champion Jacques Villeneuve recently suggested that George Russell has an advantage over Lewis Hamilton when driving a more difficult car. Lewis says he finds some of Villeneuve’s comments “amusing”.

Recently, while commenting on Mercedes’ current car troubles, Jacques Villeneuve suggested that George Russell might have an advantage over Lewis Hamilton in the current situation.

“George Russell can still handle the car to some extent,” the Canadian said.

“Maybe it’s because of his years at Williams where he also had to drive a tough car.

“But Lewis Hamilton is not coping at all. He always had a perfect car, he never had to push because they were much faster.

“In [the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix] he did well, but on Saturday he was nowhere,” Villeneuve concluded.

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At the Australian Grand Prix Friday press conference, Lewis was asked if he thinks he has a disadvantage compared to Russell.

“No, not really,” Hamilton said.

“I find it amusing some of the things that come out of [Villeneuve’s] mouth.

“I remember my first go-kart was fifth hand, driven lots of different cars and found myself relatively adaptable.

“So [it] should be good,” the Briton concluded.

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