George Russell has explained how he intends to work with Lewis Hamilton when they become teammates at Mercedes in 2022. The Briton will make the step up to the Silver Arrows after three seasons with Williams. However, despite having less experience than Hamilton, Russell expects that they will work together rather than him simply following Hamilton's lead, especially given the new regulations being introduced into the sport. "It's going to be down to us both to work together to push the team forward, and feed back where the weaknesses of the car [are] to try and excel that improvement," Russell told media including RacingNews365.com . "I think next year, with these new regulation changes, there's going to be so many updates and improvements, and things to work on throughout the whole season. And I think we're all going to have to come together as a team. "There's no guarantee who's going to have the fastest car when you hit the ground in the first test, but I think it's whoever works best together as a team who will prevail at the end of the season. "So I think that's for sure, we will work together to do that."
"Stupid to bet against Lewis"
In terms of the remainder of the 2021 season, Hamilton is continuing to battle for a record eighth World Championship and is now just eight points behind Max Verstappen in the Drivers' standings. Whilst the momentum in the title battle seems to have shifted between Hamilton and Verstappen throughout the year, Russell thinks that Hamilton's recent performances, such as his win at the Brazilian Grand Prix, prove that the Mercedes driver can never be counted out. "I've been saying for a long, long time that, when Max and Red Bull seem to have the upper hand, I think you'd be pretty stupid to bet against Lewis and Mercedes," Russell explained. "I think recent races have proven just that. The fact they're still in this fight is pretty exceptional, and obviously what Lewis did [in Brazil] was also exceptional. "So [I'm] excited to be racing alongside Lewis next year, and it'll be a great opportunity for me."