Russell not “naive” to think he’ll have it easy against Hamilton

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George Russell gives his comments on becoming Lewis Hamilton’s team-mate, just days before Mercedes made the announcement that he will be driving for the team in 2022.

In an interview with Sky Sports F1’s Jenson Button, George Russell gave his thoughts about going “up against” Lewis Hamilton in the same car.

“I don’t think any driver would be naive to think they could go up against a seven-time world champion and have it easy,” the Briton said.

“Because a guy like Lewis is who he is because of his speed and determination.

“But that’s every driver’s dream – and I’ve said that for the last three years that it would be my dream to be team-mates with Lewis, because I want to learn from the best and I want to go up against the best.

“Let’s see what next year brings.”

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In the days leading up to the Dutch Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton said Russell was “one of the members of the future of the sport”, while Max Verstappen said he believes the young Briton will “make it very difficult” for Hamilton if he becomes his team-mate.

Russell was, naturally, very pleased to hear these comments.

“These are guys that I respect a huge amount. Lewis is obviously the greatest of all time and Max, everyone knows how fast and talented he is. So to hear those comments is always a nice feeling.

“But equally, these comments don’t make you faster on track,” concluded the Briton.

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