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Norris and Russell backing Hamilton in F1 title battle

As the fight for the World Championship continues to play out between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, British drivers Lando Norris and George Russell are showing their support for their fellow countryman.

Lando Norris and George Russell have thrown their support behind Lewis Hamilton in the 2021 F1 championship battle. The fight between Hamilton and Max Verstappen looks set to continue at the upcoming British Grand Prix, with Verstappen currently leading the Drivers' Standings with a 32-point advantage over the Mercedes driver. Hamilton might currently be in second but his countryman Norris is hoping that the seven-times World Champion can still triumph. "I mean I'm hoping it's coming home of course," Norris told Sky Sports F1. "But it looks a tough game, tough battle, and Max is looking very strong, so a high chance and probability it's going to go Dutch. "But I'm supporting Lewis, I'm supporting my fellow countryman. I wish him all the best, and both of them all the best, in the fight for the championship." Meanwhile fellow British driver Russell is also backing Hamilton to win a record eighth Formula 1 World Championship, though acknowledges that Verstappen deserves the success he has recently experienced with Red Bull. "There’s a long way to go," Russell said. "You can never discount Mercedes and Lewis. They’re an exceptional team. "Max and Red Bull seem to be on it at the moment and everything’s just going their way, but in sport, in Formula 1, things can change in a heartbeat. "I don’t know, I’m really torn. I hope it goes towards Lewis and Mercedes, but Max is doing an exceptional job. He deserves his opportunity that he’s got at the moment." Hamilton was open in his praise for Norris at the Austrian Grand Prix where the two drivers battled on track, leading Hamilton to say over team radio: "Such a great driver, Lando." Meanwhile Russell continues to be linked to the possibility of becoming Hamilton's teammate at Mercedes in 2022, though has denied that any such news could be announced at Silverstone .

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