Russell suggests Hamilton could have “won every race” alongside Perez

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While commenting on Max Verstappen’s 2022 race win record, George Russell said “if Lewis had had a different team-mate” in the past, “maybe he would have won every race”.

With his 14th win of the season at the Mexican Grand Prix, Max Verstappen set a new record for race victories in a single season, beating Michael Schumacher, who won 13 races in 2004.

Of course, it has to be noted that the 2022 season has 22 races, while 2004 had only 18, but it is nevertheless a great accomplishment.

While commenting on this, George Russell said his team-mate Lewis Hamilton could possibly have won even more races in the past, had he had a less competitive team-mate than Nico Rosberg.

“We know how strong Max is and Red Bull just did a really good job,” Russell said.

“You’ve seen it in the past with teams that are so dominant. When you look back, Lewis and Nico, they won every race.

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“And if Lewis had had a different team-mate in that era, maybe he would have won every race, like Max is doing.

“But Max is doing an excellent job week after week. Red Bull is doing a great job.

“And we hope to be able to close that gap even further next year,” the Briton concluded.

It’s hard not to notice that this comment suggests that Russell thinks Verstappen was not challenged sufficiently by team-mate Sergio Perez, and judging by this year’s results, it would be a fair assumption to make.

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