When Mercedes announced that George Russell will be driving for the team in 2022, many have questioned if his relationship with Lewis Hamilton will become tense once they start clashing on the track.
The young Briton doesn’t think there are going to be any problems between them.
“Throughout my junior careers there were a number of drivers who I was very close with on pace and very often very close with on track,” Russell said.
“There’s no reason why there would be any falling outs or anything. I’m sure we’re going to race each other respectfully, but hard as well at the same time, as Lewis and Valtteri have over the past five years.
“Lewis and I have got a really great relationship. We’re at different stages of our careers and we have got one goal next year which is to develop the car and push it forward and make sure that we, as two drivers, give ourselves the best chance of having the fastest race car.
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“The only way we’re going to do that is by working together to develop that.”
Russell also explained what went into his contract talks with Mercedes.
“It was basically just down to the guys at Mercedes to decide whether I was the direction they wanted to go in, or the stability of Valtteri, which has obviously been incredibly successful over the past few years.
“Negotiations were very straightforward and simple, to be honest. It was very quick from when the decision was made, to getting the contract signed.
“That was also great and [we can] almost put it behind us now, so we can focus on the rest of this season before casting our focus onto 2022,” concluded the young Briton.