‘You can’t be too confident next to Lewis Hamilton’: Former F1 champion offers advice to future Mercedes driver George Russell

Jenson Button feels George Russell should avoid putting too much pressure on himself when he teams up with Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes next year.

Russel entered the F1 world when he signed Williams in 2019. He came to the sport with a lot of promise and is frequently tipped as a future World Champion.

The young Englishman was attached to the Mercedes seat for a long time before being officially announced as their 2022 driver in September. He replaced Valtteri Bottas at the team based in London. Brackley, who will move to Alfa Romeo next year. Russell will team up with seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton.

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2009 F1 champion Jenson Button has some advice for Russell before switching to Mercedes. Button spent last season in a mentoring role with Williams, so he must spend a lot of time with the 23-year-old.

“He has to not put pressure on himself.” Talk button.

“He couldn’t think ‘I’m going to get in the car and be faster than Lewis on day one’. He has to build it. Otherwise he will shoot himself in the foot. You can’t be too confident next to Lewis.”

“The world has seen another version of Lewis Hamilton in 2021”

Hamilton has faced Red Bull driver Max Verstappen for the 2021 World Championship. The former lost it on the final lap in Abu Dhabi in controversial circumstances, but Button feels that the year has now ‘redefined’ the approach of Mercedes drivers.

According to Button, his former teammate at McLaren is much more confident and calm than in previous years.

“Lewis this year is a very different Lewis than in previous years, he is very relaxed, very confident in his ability.” Talk button.

“If he wasn’t safe before, that’s gone, and we’ve got a very different Lewis. It feels like he’s found himself this year.”

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Britta Zeltmann

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