Former Mercedes F1 champion Nico Rosberg believes George Russell has been “phenomenal” in a testing Formula 1 season for Mercedes so far, but the 2016 world champion is also well placed to warn him that Lewis Hamilton “hates” losing to his teammate.
George Russell is currently fourth in the drivers’ championship with 111 points. He holds 34 points more than sixth-placed Lewis Hamilton, who described his car as ” un-drivable ” in Friday’s practice ahead of last weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix. George Russell has outscored his fellow British driver in seven of the nine races in the first half of the season. Lewis Hamilton outperformed George Russell for the first time since the opening round in Bahrain, giving him a podium finish in Montreal.
Nico Rosberg said on Skysports’ Any Driven Monday:
“George [Russell] did a great job, phenomenal with the difficulty of driving this car. To be so consistent, to drive so well, to not make any mistakes, to always get the most out of it, he’s really brilliant.”
“On Saturday he might have thought, ‘okay, let’s play it safe, I’ll bring another P4 or P5 home for qualifying’ but no! He said, ‘I’ll put my slicks on, I only care about pole position’. That’s really great.”
“Lewis [Hamilton] is driving at his best. He’s having an incredibly unlucky season with all these different things going against him. It was a normal weekend and he delivered it in his usual impressive way.”
“This driver pairing is so strong, unbelievable, but make no mistake, Lewis [Hamilton] passionately hates being second to a teammate, so he’ll be ultra-motivated and do everything he can internally.”
“The Mercedes in the race was really decent. I thought it was so great to see how George [Russell] progressed right after the start, passing car after car in the hairpin.”
“I think they [the Mercedes team] are making progress but there is still a way to go to reach the level of Ferrari and Red Bull. They can’t win at Silverstone, they are still too far away,” concluded the former German driver.
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