George Russell is to become Lewis Hamilton’s new teammate at Mercedes this season, but Hamilton’s former teammate Valtteri Bottas has said that George will find beating Hamilton difficult.
George Russell spent three years on loan at Williams, and came close to winning on his debut for Mercedes when he stood in for Covid positive Hamilton at the Bahrain Grand Prix in 2020.
Valtteri Bottas, who after five years with Mercedes, will now drive for Alfa Romeo, told SunSport: “I don’t see anyone else beating Lewis in the near future in the same machinery.
“George will adjust well because he has been with Mercedes for some years.
“But beating Lewis is not easy. I have experienced that. It is his consistency in his performances.
“Every driver has form that is a little bit up and down, but his baseline for performance is just so high.
“Even when he has a bad day it is not too bad. It is his consistency over the season.
“Another of his key strengths is his ability to adapt to different conditions, the skill to react to changes, be it set-up or whatever.
“This and his race-craft. His tyre management is a special skill and all these things are combined with talent.
“And he puts in the work, which not many people see, so he is hard to beat.
“I can be proud that on my day, I’ve been able to beat him. But not consistently enough to beat him over a season.”
I’m immensely proud to have worked alongside @ValtteriBottas for the last 5 yrs. We’ve been part of a team that has delivered 4 Constructors’ Championships and we’ve motivated one another to keep pushing through the ups & downs. Thank you VB🙏🏾 let’s finish strong. pic.twitter.com/4YRJAhCzSN