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Russell on Hamilton's 'unique' approach: He does things so differently

Having become teammates at Mercedes in 2022, George Russell has observed how Lewis Hamilton's path to success may have differed from that taken by other drivers.

George Russell has explained what he has learned from Lewis Hamilton's "different" approach in F1. Russell became the seven-time World Champion's teammate in 2022 when he replaced Valtteri Bottas at Mercedes. While the season proved to be a difficult one for the Silver Arrows, Russell has still taken lessons from racing alongside Hamilton, who is known for pursuing various activities away from motorsport such as his work in promoting diversity. "Lewis is an incredibly unique character," Russell told The High Performance Podcast . "I think he's incredibly inspiring with all of his activities and projects he has off-circuit. "When you look at drivers from the past who are just pure racing drivers, [who think] 'I'm going to wake up living and breathing this sport', he does things so differently to so many other people, yet has still had so much success along the way."

Russell: Hamilton shows there is not 'one path to success'

In looking at how Hamilton has taken a different path to other successful F1 drivers, Russell draws comparisons to how some of the world's best tennis players each approach the sport in their own way. "When I look at [Roger] Federer, [Rafael] Nadal and [Novak] Djokovic, these are three greats of the sport," the Briton said. "Statistically, they've all basically achieved exactly the same achievements, yet they have three totally different ways of playing. I'm sure they train differently. "When you watch them, they look different. When you see them on court, they excel on different courts or playing fields, yet they're three greats. "I think the thing I take away from that, and also what I take away from Lewis, is that there is no one path to success. I think you need to find your own path, your own journey. "You need to have that self belief that, even if somebody is going down a certain path, you need to follow your own course and you need to do what is best for you."

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