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Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton: Russell one of the drivers who will form F1's future

Although there has been no official announcement yet, George Russell is expected to replace Valtteri Bottas at Mercedes next season. Lewis Hamilton reckons the two of them would form a good partnership.

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With George Russell tipped to become Lewis Hamilton's teammate at Mercedes in 2022, the seven-time World Champion believes the youngster's talent will make him one of the future leaders in F1.

There will be quite a few changes to the grid next season, with Kimi Raikkonen announcing his retirement from the sport. RacingNews365.com understands that Valtteri Bottas will replace his fellow Finn at Alfa Romeo, opening the door for Russell to make the step up from Williams and join Mercedes.

When asked how his relationship would be with Russell at Mercedes next season, Hamilton predicted a smooth experience given Russell's humble approach.

"Obviously I think it'll be good," Hamilton told the media, including RacingNews365.com, ahead of the Dutch Grand Prix. "I think George is an incredibly talented driver. I would say that the only highlight from last week [the Belgian Grand Prix] was his qualifying lap.

"I think he's humble, I think he's got a great approach. Naturally, being British I would imagine that helps in terms of communication.

"He's [Russell] one of the many that will be the future of the sport. He's already shown incredible driving so far and I'm sure he'll continue to grow."

Although there has been a lot of talk about the 2022 F1 season, Hamilton will continue to support teammate Bottas this year given that Mercedes have a Constructors' Championship to defend.

"At the moment, I have to be very supportive of the teammate that I have right now, so that's why I'm always supportive of Valtteri, because we have a job to do right now," Hamilton added.

"Neither of us can win the team championship alone, we have to do it collectively."

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