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Leclerc offers Russell some words of wisdom ahead of Mercedes switch

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Charles Leclerc has offered some words of advice for George Russell ahead of the Brit’s move to Mercedes next season.

Russell – who made his Formula 1 debut in 2019 and is part of the Mercedes driver programme – has spent his three years in the sport so far with backmarkers Williams.

But next season, he will partner seven-time world champion, Lewis Hamilton, at the Silver Arrows.

Leclerc was in a similar position himself in 2019  and after spending one year at Sauber, he joined multi-time world champion Sebastian Vettel at Ferrari and beat the German in both seasons as his teammate.

Speaking from his experience, Leclerc offered Russell some words of wisdom regarding a move to a big team.

“To George, I don’t have much to say,” said Leclerc, as quoted by

“He knows what he needs to do. It’s an amazing opportunity for him and he’s in a very good position too, because being like I was with Seb at the end, I had a multi-world champion next to me and, of course for us being young, it’s a great opportunity to show what you can do and learn from the best.

“So yes: just to enjoy his time there and not put too much pressure on himself.”

Vettel also offered some advice for Hamilton about competing with a young and hungry teammate.

“I don’t know, Lewis is old enough, he doesn’t need much advice,” said Vettel.

“Every situation is different as well; yes, I think if you get to race with a new teammate, you always get stuff you get to learn on both sides as well.

“It was like that when Charles joined the team and looking back I enjoyed [it], I’ve always been quite open and straightforward, and I learned a similar way of working from Charles as well so it was quite straightforward between us, which was nice.”



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