After the Canadian Grand Prix, Nico Rosberg was very complimentary of Mercedes’ performance, praising both Lewis Hamilton and George Russell.
“George has done an awesome job, phenomenal with how difficult that car has been to drive,” the German said.
“To be so consistent, driving so well, not making any mistakes, always getting the maximum out of it, he has been brilliant.
“On Saturday, one would think, ‘okay, keep it safe, bring home another P4 or P5 in qualifying’ but no. He said, ‘I am going to put my slicks on, I only care about pole position’. That is really awesome.
“Lewis is driving at his best. He has just had an unbelievably unlucky season with all these different things going against him. This was a normal weekend and he delivered in the usual awesome way.
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“That driver pairing is so strong, incredible, but, make no mistake, Lewis hates passionately to ever come second to a team-mate, so he will be ultra-motivated and pushing hard internally.
“The car in the race was really decent. I thought it was so awesome how George right after the start made headway, passing one car after another down into the hairpin.
“I think they are making progress but there is still some way to go to Ferrari and Red Bull.
“They can’t win at Silverstone, they are still too far away,” Rosberg concluded.