Russell backs Hamilton: “Lewis is going to come back incredibly strong”

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George Russell says the way Lewis Hamilton is “pushing and motivating the team is inspiring”, and he expects him “to come back so strong”.

Lewis Hamilton had a difficult time at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, and he finished the race in P13, compared to George Russell’s P4.

However, Russell is backing his team-mate to come back strong.

“Lewis is going to come back incredibly strong, I have no doubt,” the Briton said.

“He’s definitely going to be pushing me all the way. I think it’s just how things fall out sometimes in a race weekend. I made a very strong start; I don’t know what happened to him at the start.

“I expect him to come back so strong. The way he is pushing and motivating the team is inspiring. I’m not getting comfortable with this position, because I know what he’s capable of.”

After the race, team boss Toto Wolff described the car as “undriveable”, and Russell agrees it is, especially when the tyres are not in the right window.

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“We are struggling equally. When the car is so far out of bed and it’s not in the right window, it doesn’t really feel like a proper racing car to drive.

“When the tyres are in the right window, the car, except for the bouncing, feels really good to drive. The bouncing really takes your breath away and is the most extreme I have ever felt it.

“I really hope we find a solution, and I hope every team that is struggling with the bouncing finds a solution because it is not sustainable for drivers to continue at this level.

“This is the first weekend I have truly been struggling with my back and [I have] chest pains from the severity of the bouncing.

“It is just what we have to do to get the fastest lap times out of the car,” George concluded.

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