Russell ‘excited’ to see Hamilton stay at Mercedes “for a number of years to come”

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After Lewis Hamilton said he is likely to sign a “multi-year” extension with Mercedes, George Russell says Lewis is “performing probably better than ever”.

Ahead of the Mexican Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton said he is definitely not thinking of leaving Formula 1 anytime soon.

At the Thursday Drivers’ press conference, George Russell was asked to give his thoughts on Lewis staying on as his team-mate for the foreseeable future.

“Yeah, it’s really exciting to have that potential of Lewis staying on for a number of years to come,” the Briton said.

“I think he has proven that he’s definitely not lifted his foot off the throttle pedal, and he’s definitely the last few races performing probably better than ever.

“And that’s really exciting for me to have the opportunity to be his teammate, to go directly head-to-head with him and grow on this journey that we’re on together, because it really does feel like a journey that the two of us are on, along with the rest of the team, in trying to bring Mercedes back to winning ways.

“So yeah, I think we’ve got a really, really great relationship, transparent relationship and yeah, be great to be teammates for a number of years to come.”

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George was then asked how Lewis is handling the fact that there were no wins for Mercedes in 2022 so far.

“I don’t know, you’ll have to ask him,” he said.

“I think there’s a win in all of us when the right opportunity arises and I think it is exciting for us as a team that we’ve had a couple of opportunities this year to fight.

“But I think we have to have our very, very best day and execute everything perfectly and our rivals need to have mishaps and mistakes to give us that half a chance.

“So I think we know where we lie in terms of overall performance.

“I think we’re all just going out there for these final last three races to really do the best job possible and see what comes from that,” Russell concluded.

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