Whereas Hamilton is anticipating nothing lower than a robust problem from Russell when he steps up from Williams to interchange Valtteri Bottas subsequent 12 months, the seven-time champion senses a golden alternative to assist information his new team-mate.
He thinks that 23-year-old Russell’s Positive perspective and powerful work ethic, allied to them being at distinction phases of their careers with Hamilton 13 years his senior, opens a chance for them to work collectively as effectively.
Talking to chose media together with Autosport about his ideas on Russell’s arrival, Hamilton stated: “I’m in a distinct place. I actually wish to see him succeed.
“There’s going to be a degree the place I don’t proceed on this sport. He’s my team-mate and he’s going to be the following Brit that I wish to see win a world championship.
“So I actually hope that, whereas we’re going to be competing and I wish to win on observe, I hope I can have a Positive affect on how he conducts himself throughout the crew.
“Whether or not it’s the time he commits to engineering, or how he churns via the info, and even simply how he drives on observe.”
Regardless of being open about how he needs to assist Russell, Hamilton is beneath no illusions about how keen his new team-mate will probably be to return out on prime immediately.
Hamilton sees Russell being in an identical scenario to what he confronted again in 2007, when he was a rookie at McLaren alongside then-reining double champion Fernando Alonso.
“I believe you’ve seen George is vastly respectful,” added Hamilton.
Russell will commerce his Williams for a Mercedes when he joins Hamilton subsequent 12 months
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“He’s a super-talented younger man and I believe there’s an enormous quantity of respect already moving into. There’s only a good steadiness for the time being.
“He’s going to wish to be fast. He’s going to wish to present up and win, and do all these issues that you simply do once you enter a brand new position.
“I keep in mind after I went up towards [Fernando] Alonso, in fact I wished to beat him on the first race.
“So I respect and count on George to have that mentality, in any other case he’s not a winner, you understand? I anticipate he could have that mentality.”