Marc Surer: “In the race Hamilton is the benchmark”

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Former F1 driver Marc Surer acknowledges the theory that George Russell is more used to driving ‘difficult’ cars, but says he’s “not worried about Lewis”.

Despite the difficulties Mercedes is facing with their cars in 2022, after three races George Russell sits second in the championship standings, while Lewis Hamilton is in P5.

Former F1 driver Marc Surer acknowledges the theories that say George Russell is currently having an easier time driving the ‘difficult’ Mercedes, because for the past three years he has driven a Williams.

“Russell is used to driving fast with a bad car. Lewis is no longer used to that,” Surer said.

However, Surer also acknowledges that Russell’s championship advantage is more due to circumstances than actually outperforming Hamilton.

“To be fair, you have to look at how [the advantage] came about,” he added.

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The Dutchman then went on to say Lewis is still the man to beat at Mercedes in the races.

“I actually thought he would have a harder time against Russell, especially in qualifying. But there is not much missing, there is hardly any difference between the two.

“And in the race, Hamilton is the benchmark – who always whines on the radio, but on the other hand always gives everything. That’s why I’m not worried about Lewis.”

UItimately, Surer says he doesn’t think Russell will come out the winner of the Mercedes intra-team battle.

“I don’t think it will come to that. And if it does, it won’t be through too little driving skill, but through an imbalance of luck and bad luck,” he concluded.

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