Lewis Hamilton has confirmed George Russell’s possible transfer to the Mercedes Formula 1 squad for the 2022 season, claiming that “he is the future.” The young Briton was greeted with a warning, the seven-time F1 World Champion making it clear that he had nothing to prove to the younger generation of racers.
Williams Driver is expected to be confirmed as Hamilton’s new partner in the 2022 season and beyond. He will replace Voltaire Bottas, who will be the reigning champion after five seasons, and is expected to take over the seat vacated by Alicia Romero next season.
Hamilton was full of Russell’s praises ahead of the Dutch Grand Prix this weekend, and he talked about the small British efforts at the spa last weekend, when he was second on the grid before Mercedes. ۔ The reigning champions have no doubt that the Williams driver will continue to grow and there is no better place for him than the Silver Arrows team.
“That’s the future,” Hamilton said, as quoted on F1.com. “He’s one of the future members of the game. I think he’s already shown incredible driving, and I’m sure he’ll keep going, so what’s better to do than a great team like this?” , Or which team will he go to? “
Russell has already got a taste of Mercedes when he subsided for Hamilton in the 2020 Grand Prix. He had to win before a tactical mistake and a late tire puncture ruined his chances. Although Hamilton believes there will be an era of adaptation, he made it clear that he has nothing to prove, even if Russell joins the team.
“It’s not like I have anything to prove,” Hamilton added. “I have raced against some incredible drivers as a teammate in my rookie year with Fernando. [Alonso], So I don’t really think I have anything to prove. “
As a great politician in the sport, Hamilton has always admired the young drivers who come. The British also admit that they can learn from Russell if he joins Mercedes, but it is clear that the two will have to respect each other in order to work in partnership.
“There will be things we learn from each other,” Hamilton said. “I think it’s important that respect is always there and that communication is the key.”