Lewis Hamilton makes a ‘very foolish’ comment on Max Verstappen’s duel with George Russell.
In this season’s title competition, Lewis Hamilton is currently 14 points behind Max Verstappen, but his 2022 teammate has warned against betting against him.
According to the guy who will join Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes next season, ruling him out of the F1 title chase this season would be “quite dumb.” Last Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix saw Hamilton deliver one of his finest ever performances, coming from 10th on the grid to beat Max Verstappen to the checkered flag.
With only three races remaining, including the first this weekend in Qatar, the Red Bull driver’s championship lead over Hamilton has shrunk to 14 points.
The British superstar is vying for his eighth world title, which would give him sole possession of the record for most F1 victories, which he now shares with German legend Michael Schumacher.
Mercedes’ faster pace in Sao Paulo contrasted sharply with their performance in the previous race in Mexico, where Red Bull obviously had the upper hand as Verstappen cruised to victory.
However, George Russell, who will partner up with Hamilton in the ‘Silver Arrows’ next season, claimed he didn’t doubt Hamilton’s title credentials even when he looked up against it.
“You’d be very silly to bet against Lewis and Mercedes,” he told GP Fans. “I’ve been saying it for a long, long time when Max and Red Bull seemed to have the upper hand.”
“That was demonstrated over the weekend. The fact that they are still in this fight is remarkable, as was Lewis’ performance last week.” Russell, 23, will join Hamilton and the rest of the team when he departs Williams at the end of the season, replacing Valtteri Bottas, who will race for Alfa Romeo.
The young prodigy had a career highlight at the Belgian Grand Prix in August, qualifying second on the grid and then taking his first ever podium when torrential rain made only two safety-car led circuits possible the next day.
Russell has been called ‘Mr Saturday’ for his outstanding qualifying efforts throughout 2021, and he has promised not to join Mercedes and play second fiddle to seven-time world champion Hamilton.
He is, nevertheless, still quite excited about the prospect. “Brinkwire News Summary.”