Russell says Hamilton was “a bit more extravagant with setup items”

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George Russell says he was “naturally happier with the car from day one, so I think Lewis was trying more things to try and find the setup that worked for him”.

Early on in the 2022 season, George Russell managed to get better results with the W13, while Lewis Hamilton seemed to be struggling with his car more.

Things changed in the second half of the season, when Lewis started getting better results. It was later explained by Lewis and the Mercedes team that he was more involved in testing various solutions and setups, which impacted his race performance.

At one point Lewis even joked that it was not George’s turn to be a “guinea pig” for the W13. When asked whether it was right for Hamilton to take on most of the testing work, Russell said that was not the case.

“No, that’s not the case,” George told GPFans.com

“Whenever there were test items brought to the track, it was shared evenly across us both. I think what he probably means is that he was a bit more extravagant with setup items.


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“Whenever there was a development that came to the car, it would always be split evenly. One week it would be me, one week it would be him.

“I was naturally happier with the car from day one, so I think Lewis was trying more things to try and find the setup that worked for him.

“I didn’t need to experiment too much because I was in quite a happy place.

“The pace was relatively strong and obviously, you can only compare yourself to your team-mate, and at the start the performance was good.

“So Lewis had to try these extravagant things to see what worked best for him. Probably halfway through the season he was then in a pretty happy place with the car.

“But whenever it comes to development items, we share that evenly,” the Briton concluded.

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