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Rosberg praises Russell as he reveals major Hamilton peeve

Nico Rosberg has been vocal in his praise for George Russell as the young driver races alongside his former teammate at Mercedes, Lewis Hamilton, calling the British driver's performances on track "brilliant".

Nico Rosberg has offered George Russell yet more praise for his Mercedes performances as he revealed a major peeve of Lewis Hamilton. Russell impressed the Formula 1 world with his fierce driving during qualifying whilst racing for Williams between 2019 and 2021, so much so that he was soon referred to as 'Mr Saturday'. Taking over from Valtteri Bottas as Hamilton’s teammate for the 2022 season, Russell has regularly outshone the seven-time World Champion, and Rosberg has called his performances nothing short of brilliant, especially when the current level of Mercedes's car is taken into consideration. "Let's focus on George. What an awesome job has he done, it's really phenomenal with that car, with how difficult that car has been to drive," Rosberg told Sky Sports F1 . "To be so consistent, driving so well, not making any mistakes, always getting the maximum out of it, brilliant, really brilliant."

Rosberg amazed by Russell's talents

Rosberg also referred to Russell's continued performances in qualifying where, instead of just settling for a place in the top six in changing conditions, he opted to "go for gold" in Canada. "Even to the extent that on Saturday, one would think, 'Okay, keep it safe, bring home another P5 or P4 in qualifying', but no, he said, 'I am going for gold. I am going to put my slicks on, as the only driver. I just care about pole position'," Rosberg continued. "That is awesome, that’s really, really awesome. It's amazing to watch at the moment.”

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As much as he praised Russell, Rosberg has also acknowledged Hamilton's impressive Canada race as the 37-year-old returned to the podium. However, he did claim that the seven-time World Champion does have one very obvious peeve, which is losing to a teammate. "Lewis is driving at his best. He has just had an unbelievably unlucky season with all the different things going against him. This was a normal weekend and he delivered in the usual awesome way,” Rosberg continued. "The car in the race was really decent. I thought it was so awesome how George right after the start made headway, passing one car after another down into the hairpin. "That driver pairing is so strong, incredible, but, make no mistake, Lewis hates passionately to come second to a teammate, so he will be ultra-motivated and pushing hard internally.”

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