George Russell discusses why Lewis Hamilton is superior than Max Verstappen, his F1 title challenger.
As Formula One enters a new era next season, Williams driver George Russell believes Lewis Hamilton would have an advantage over Max Verstappen and his fellow Formula One competitors even if “every car was the same.” After Valtteri Bottas’ poor performances so far this season, Russell has been mentioned as a possible teammate for Hamilton.
Since the introduction of turbo-hybrid engines in 2014, Mercedes has been unstoppable as the dominant force in Formula One; however, new aerodynamic regulations set to take effect in 2022, meant to encourage tighter racing, it is possible that the playing field will be leveled. Hamilton, a seven-time world champion, will not be scared, according to Russell.
“I think that’s why we’re all so enthusiastic for next year,” Russell said. We all desire a more level playing field so that the best man can win.
“I truly feel Lewis is the finest driver in the world because I’ve worked with him in the Mercedes team and know what he’s capable of.
“Quite frequently, the best driver is paired with the best team. He’d still be fighting for the world championship if every car was the same. That is beyond a shadow of a doubt. I think even he would welcome a more [open]championship.” In addition to his remarks on Hamilton, Russell cited Esteban Ocon’s victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix as proof of the talent that isn’t generally given a chance to win in Formula One’s current uneven system.
The race was won by Frenchman Ocon after Verstappen’s car was damaged by a Bottas error and Hamilton suffered from strategy errors.
“There are several drivers on the Formula One grid that deserve to be winning races or contending for triumphs week in and week out, and Esteban is one of them,” Russell added.
“Unfortunately, many drivers do not have that opportunity right now, but it’s fantastic that we can show some sort of speed and it’s not just the Lewis and Max show.” Russell had a strong weekend in Hungary, finishing eighth for the first time in his career and earning his first points in the Williams car. Indeed, Russell and his teammate Nicholas Latifi also scored points, giving Williams his first double-digit point finish since the. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”