At the Miami Grand Prix, George Russell and Lewis Hamilton were involved in their first serious on-track battle since they became team-mates.
Although George had the benefit of much fresher tyres, the battle itself was very respectful.
After the race Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff praised how well Russell has integrated in the team and his relationship with Hamilton.
“He has integrated very well,” the Austrian said.
“It is almost like he has been here forever and I’m really happy about the two of them, how they interact, how respectful they are about each other.
“Even the situation on Sunday where they raced each other and it was getting a bit ‘I’m not leaving any room’ and then ‘Okay, I’m going to find another way and get the position back’.
“I think this is how the two of them as team-mates should race each other. So I am happy how he has settled in.”
If you like SilverArrows.Net, consider supporting us by buying us a coffee!
A day earlier, at the Miami Grand Prix Saturday press conference, Toto said the team was not surprised by George’s brilliant early Mercedes performances.
“When you look at George’s track record in winning the title in F3, in his rookie year, and then an F2, we knew that he was very good.
“And then obviously the Williams school, added it’s part, so we were never in any doubt that he would that he would be very good. And you can see that it’s materialising on the track.
“I like his approach very much. He’s very rational, whether he is fastest in P2, or whether he’s eleventh, it’s just about applying the science and trying to make the car faster.
“But at the same time, Lewis was obviously very unlucky, being stuck in a DRS train last time around [at Imola], so I enjoy seeing them working together, the level is high from both of them.
“And that has put us in a decent situation in the Constructors’ Championship, so I couldn’t wish for any better pairing,” Wolff concluded.