George Russell has been trashing his world champion team mate Lewis Hamilton this season. With almost double the points of Lewis, George has finished ahead on track 3 times from 4. Pressure has been building on Hamilton as the media and his fans question whether his career is over.
FP1 in the new circuit in Miami saw Russell again well ahead of his team mate, finishing P2 with Lewis just P8 and around 0.8s slower than his younger team pilot.
Hamilton appeared earlier in the day at the drivers’ press conference, masked unlike most other drivers, and again downbeat. He was questioned about his 3 watches and jewellery and whether he would defy the FIA rules on jewellery worn in the cockpit of an F1 car.
Throughout the interview Hamilton was tapping his feet and shifting position looking very uncomfortable. This clearly translated into his driving for the first hour on track in Miami.
FP2 is in about an hour and this is a huge session for the ex world champion. The psyche of F1 drivers is by the end of FP2 they need to feel they are extracting the most from the car to deliver the best they can in qualifying. FP3 is mostly for long run race simulations, so if Hamilton is a second back from Russell in a couple of hours, he will feel even less confident over qualifying coming up tomorrow.