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Lewis Hamilton on message to George Russell and why he’s a ‘potential future champion’

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“There are a number of drivers which might be the way forward for this sport however he is one in all them… I’ve little doubt that he has the potential to be a future champion.”

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Lewis Hamilton believes George Russell has the “potential to be a future champion” because the Mercedes driver praised his compatriot and defined his supportive message to him after the Emilia-Romagna GP.

Hamilton replied to a message the Williams driver had posted on Instagram apologising for throwing away the prospect of a primary F1 level by crashing behind the Security Automotive into the closing phases of the final race at Imola.

“It is okay to make errors and it is okay to really feel the ache,” wrote Hamilton to Russell.

“I’ve made greater than I can keep in mind. You are nice bud. Preserve your head up and preserve pushing, on to the subsequent one.”

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George Russell crashes into the obstacles behind the Security Automotive in the course of the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix.

George Russell crashes into the obstacles behind the Security Automotive in the course of the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix.

Talking on the Turkish GP, Hamilton defined why he felt it was “vital” to ship the message he did.

” these within the early phases of their System 1 profession, I have been there,” stated the six-time champion. “Many people have been there and I do know what it is wish to have experiences like that.

“I simply wished to point out that it is okay, do not beat your self down an excessive amount of. He’ll do it his personal approach anyway as a result of that is how we’re wired as racing drivers however I simply wished to point out some assist.”

Though Russell continues to be awaiting his first top-10 race end after 34 grands prix, the 22-year-old’s performances over two seasons in F1 have usually transcended a Williams automobile that’s among the many slowest within the discipline.

The Briton has not but been outqualified by a team-mate and on eight events this 12 months has reached Q2, the second stage of qualifying.

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Simon Lazenby caught up with Fernando Alonso forward of his return to System One with Renault subsequent season.

Simon Lazenby caught up with Fernando Alonso forward of his return to System One with Renault subsequent season.

Fernando Alonso not too long ago advised Sky F1 he noticed Russell because the one to look at within the sport’s rising younger technology, and Hamilton additionally believes the Williams driver has star potential.

“What he is been capable of do just like for those who have a look at Alonso [at Minardi in 2001] and drivers coming into one of many groups which might be additional again,” stated Hamilton of the Mercedes-managed Russell.

“Having a possibility to develop and enhance, and lead a group and make errors, all these various things.

“This 12 months he is simply been nice how he is handles every part and what he is finished with that automobile to place it into Q2 very often and actually delivering nice outcomes. Actually impressed together with his race craft and the way he is rising.

“He actually is the longer term. There are a number of drivers which might be the way forward for this sport however he is one in all them and I am actually excited to see his development.

“I’ve little doubt that he has the potential to be a future champion.”





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