“People don’t expect it” – Russell reveals surprising area where Hamilton affected him

George Russell believes he is in “a privileged position” to drive alongside team-mate Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes, where he also revealed the qualities of a seven-time champion that have proven to be his most impressive.

Russell has racked up three podium spots in his first season as a full-time Mercedes driver, finishing no worse than P5 in every 2022 race so far, and currently leads Hamilton by 34 points in the Drivers’ Championship.

When asked to rate the 2022 season so far, Russell believes there is room for improvement, but he quickly turned attention to Hamilton, revealing that he was inspired by watching his teammate work behind the scenes.

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“I think it wasn’t a bad start to the season personally,” Russell said. “There’s definitely room for improvement in certain areas, and I think he’s obviously in a really privileged position as teammates with Lewis and he’s learned a lot from him – how he works, how he pursues his work with his engineers, how he gets kind of motivating the whole team – it’s very inspiring to see.

“Technically too, it’s impressive, which maybe not many people will realize or appreciate. Certainly room for improvement but I think in terms of results it was good. I don’t think we could have done much higher when I look at the season rationally. Maybe other than Bahrain. We probably finished as high as possible in every race.”

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Russell is the only driver on the grid to score points in every race so far, and while he was hoping to be a race winner by this point in the season, the Briton was able to look at the positives, believing that Mercedes had the best possible results as they developed the W13.

“You have to look at the positives, you have to look at things rationally. We can’t be disappointed that we didn’t win a race this season with the package we had. We are in this development stage and I think it has improved quite well.

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“As a team, I think we’ve done a great job maximizing the points available to us. So you have to take that as a positive and try to keep that momentum forward. Hopefully when we have a faster car we’ll be in a good shape to fight for those victories.”

Mercedes, Russell and Hamilton enter the race at home hoping to maintain a stellar record at Silverstone, where the Silver Arrows have picked up eight of their last 10 wins at the British Grand Prix.

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