“Toto Wolff and the team have huge faith and trust in both drivers, and though they’ve had a few side-by-side moments they have always been mutually respectful,” Tremayne wrote.
“It speaks volumes about Mercedes’ underlying philosophy that, while other teams appear to have problems between their team mates or else to favour one over the other, the Silver Arrows let their drivers race.
“That free-to-fight philosophy made the Sao Paulo GP, and George’s triumph, all the more special.”
Tremayne then praised the way Hamilton and Russell behaved after their amazing 1-2 victory.
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“Two things were outstanding in the afterglow of Mercedes’ much-needed one-two: Lewis’ grace in applauding his colleague’s performance without whining that it probably killed his own chance of maintaining his unique win-every-season record. And the way George behaved.
“When the shouting and the tumult started to subside, when he had done all the hugging of his team in parc ferme and then the immediate post-race interviews and got a quiet moment to himself, Britain’s latest Grand Prix winner had sat and lowered his head, just as he had in Sakhir back in 2020.
“Back then he had been cheated out of victory by circumstance. But this time he had finally scaled the mountain. Avenged that cruel misfortune. Proved his mettle.
“And it all became a little too much,” the Briton concluded.