Ross Brawn says Hamilton has been “sacrificing” races to help Mercedes

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Formula 1 managing director Ross Brawn says people who are saying that George Russell has “outqualified and outraced” Lewis Hamilton, “can’t see the bigger picture”.

There has been a lot of talk among the F1 media and fans about George Russell supposedly ‘outperforming’ Lewis Hamilton in the 2022 season so far.

However, Lewis’ former team boss at Mercedes, Ross Brawn, dismisses such claims.

“These first few races [Lewis has] been looking for the solutions and, in doing so, he’s been ping-ponging around with different set-ups on the car, trying to reach the solutions,” Brawn told the Evening Standard.

“He’s probably sacrificing the races in a way to try to get the information and data that the team can use to solve the problem.

“That’s the feedback I get from the team while George is following a more conventional path… and Lewis is trying to set out to solve the problem.

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“That’s why I think people saying George has outqualified and outraced him in the last few races can’t see the bigger picture.”

The Briton went on to say Lewis is still at the top of his game.

“Amid all the glitz and the glamour, you still have a very determined racing driver. He’s still supremely fit and capable.

“I’m pretty certain he wants to win that eighth championship and, if not this year as looks likely, then next year.

“I don’t know enough about what Mercedes’ issues are to know if they can be fixed with the concept of car they have or whether they have to review the concept.

“They’ll sort it out I’m sure… but it’s obviously very fragile what they’re dealing with,” Brawn concluded.

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