Lewis Hamilton insists George Russell will ‘energise’ Mercedes up coming season as he breaks silence on his new staff-mate – who disclosed the 7-time F1 world winner ‘congratulated’ him on 2022 shift through textual content information
- Lewis Hamilton will be paired with George Russell at Mercedes for 2022 season
- They will kind F1’s first all-British driving pair due to the fact Hamilton and Jenson Button
- George Russell disclosed he and Hamilton have already been talking through textual content
- The 23-yr-previous has claimed racing alongside his childhood idol was ‘crazy’
Lewis Hamilton has claimed that George Russell will aid ‘energise’ Mercedes up coming season after speaking publicly for the first time due to the fact his new staff-mate was confirmed.
Russell will be part of Mercedes for the 2022 marketing campaign, replacing Valtteri Bottas who has been Hamilton’s staff-mate due to the fact 2017 after replacing Nico Rosberg.
Inspite of racing in the vicinity of the back of the field in a Williams due to the fact his 2019 debut, the 23-yr-previous has impressed several inside the paddock this term and the prospect of the talented British youngster lining up alongside his compatriot and 7-time world winner stays an enjoyable one.
Lewis Hamilton (remaining) and George Russell (proper) will be Mercedes staff-mates in 2022
Russell, pictured forward of Hamilton, has been driving for Williams due to the fact his 2019 debut
Talking forward of the Italian Grand Prix this weekend, Hamilton, 36, insisted that Russell’s arrival at the staff would be a raise, jokingly referring to the world winner outfit needing new blood to counter his veteran position.
‘I imagine the youthful talent that’s coming as a result of is so fantastic for the sport and is the upcoming of the sport,’ he said.
‘New, new blood in our staff is going to be fantastic obviously simply because I’m the oldie there!’
‘I imagine that unquestionably will energise the whole staff, understanding that they have a new youngster coming as a result of who’s super hungry, driven and will be pushing the staff forwards.’
The pair exchange a fist bump on the podium of the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa past thirty day period
Russell impressed Mercedes when he stood in for Hamilton at past season’s Sakhir Grand Prix
Russell also tackled the media in a independent briefing next the formal announcement of his shift to Mercedes and disclosed he and his upcoming staff-mate have already been exchanging textual content messages of excellent will.
‘We spoke before this 7 days around textual content, he said “congratulations, and seeking forward to remaining staff-mates with me” and observing how I get on,’ Russell said.
‘I said also, it truly is a privilege for me to be lining up alongside him.
‘Obviously all these photos going all over on social media of when I was a youthful boy seeking up to Lewis, it truly is quite ridiculous to see how the periods have gone and lining up alongside him up coming yr.’
Russell and Hamilton will be the first all-British driver pairing in F1 due to the fact 2012 when the current world winner teamed up with Jenson Button in their third yr jointly at McLaren.
Hamilton shared a throwback image on Twitter of the two jointly all through the 7-time world champion’s days at McLaren
Though Hamilton has publicly welcomed Russell to the staff, he was let down with the team’s decision to drop Bottas who has continuously played a No two role to Hamilton – a ease and comfort he may possibly not necessarily delight in alongside Russell.
Russell stood in for Hamilton, who was sick with Covid, at Mercedes for past year’s Sakhir Grand Prix and o
nly bad luck denied him a gorgeous victory in Bahrain.
Hamilton’s concentration this weekend will be retaking the guide in the drivers’ championship absent from main rival Max Verstappen at the Italian Grand Prix.
The Crimson Bull driver took a gorgeous victory at his residence race in Holland past weekend forward of Hamilton and he now leads the Brit by a mere a few details heading into Monza.