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Formula 1 is more alive than ever in the absence of less than half the season until the end of the world championship. The latest movements in the paddock have been closing the puzzle of the drivers and teams for the following season. One of the bombshell news of the week has been the change of teammate for Hamilton at Mercedes. Bottas announced at the beginning of the week that he was signing for Alfa Romeo for the following season and Mercedes wasted no time and signed Russell to occupy the car that Bottas left free.
Lewis Hamilton is sure that his new teammate has great potential and is confident that he will go very fast with the Mercedes but he assured in the press conference prior to the Italian Grand Prix this weekend that “I don’t know what to expect from George. He has undoubtedly created expectations around him, he is very talented. George is very talented and I am sure he will be very fast next year. Yes indeed, I can’t tell if it will be faster than Valtteri or not “explains English.
The seven-time world champion is happy with the news and believes that the change could be good for Mercedes: “lnew blood in our team is going to be great, obviously, because I’m the oldest. I think that will give energy to the whole team, knowing that there is a new young man who is very hungry and motivated and who will move us forward & rdquor; Hamilon commented. The current world champion has also stated that he spoke with Toto wolff about his teammate for 2022 but wanted to emphasize that the final decision was not in his hands: “Toto and I have talked about the pilot of 2022. However, in the end, the decision is up to him. These days I was impressed to see the photos of me with George when he was a child and I was starting in F1 “he remarked.
Contrary to what many may think, Hamilton assures that he is not bothered by the arrival of Russell to the team, he is a pilot with a lot of potential and great talent and Hamilton sees it as something positive to demand more and challenge himself: “Since I’ve been at Mercedes, I’ve always said that I want to have the same opportunities as my teammate. It’s the only way to challenge myself to do my best& rdquor ;.
Russell He also spoke about the favorable treatment in Mercedes at the press conference and assured that: “The team assured me that I will have the same treatment as Hamilton. Mercedes is always respectful in that regard, to give both drivers the best chance & rdquor; the British explained. The new Mercedes member comes to the team with great enthusiasm and although he knows he has talent, he affirms that Hamilton will be a difficult opponent to beat: “I believe in myself and have great aspirations. But I also know how difficult it is going to be. Lewis is a seven-time world champion for a reason, and I think I’m in one of the luckiest positions on the grid to be able to go out there and learn from him.& rdquor; Russell concluded.
Despite the novelty of his teammate, Hamilton is focused on this World Cup and thinking about his chances to win at Monza. The fight with Verstappen for the world championship is very tight and the Englishman cannot allow mistakes, he must manage to take the victory if he wants to win the crown this season: “Potentially I think we can be competitive, but Honda has taken a big step forward this year and Red Bull will be able to benefit from it on these straights, “he explained about this weekend’s race..