Russell says Hamilton kept him ‘on his toes’ at the Australian GP

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George Russell says Lewis Hamilton just “doesn’t give up”, so he had to keep pushing if he “wanted a shot at keeping him behind”.

In the closing stages of the Australian Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton got right behind George Russell, who was running in P3 at the time.

Russell, who qualified behind Hamilton, managed to get in front of his team-mate after a lucky break with the Safety Car.

After the race Lewis revealed he couldn’t push as much as he wanted due to engine cooling issues in the final laps of the race, but Russell says he was still had to give it his all to keep him behind.

“He kept me on my toes for sure,” George said after the race.

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“He doesn’t give up that guy. He was pushing until the end and I knew that I needed to keep on pushing if I wanted a shot at keeping him behind.”

George was then asked how he was coping with being the team-mate of a seven-time champion.

“It has been fine. I think there is always more to come, always more to improve from both of us.

“But it has been respectable but I need to keep improving,” Russell concluded.

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