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The one positive Mercedes have taken from the first four races

Toto Wolff has heaped praise on George Russell and Lewis Hamilton for a teammate dynamic that is proving to be "very productive and positive".

Russell Imola
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Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says the way that George Russell and Lewis Hamilton are working together is "one of the very few highlights" of the team's season so far.

Russell made the move to the Silver Arrows for 2022 after three years at Williams, taking over from Valtteri Bottas, who had raced alongside Hamilton since 2017.

Amid Mercedes' tough start to F1's rules reset, Wolff has praised Russell for his quick adaptation to his new surroundings and how he has combined with Hamilton to produce a "very productive and positive" dynamic.

Mercedes "couldn't be happier" with Russell and Hamilton

After the first four races, across which Russell scored 49 points to Hamilton's 28, Wolff declared that he "couldn't be happier" with his driver line-up.

"I'm very impressed with how [Russell has] settled in, how professionally and analytically he helps to assess the situation," he told media, including RacingNews365.com.

"The combination [of drivers], that's one of the very few highlights that I have at the moment on our journey, how the two of them work together with no friction. On the country – it's very, very productive and positive for the team.

"I couldn't be happier with the driver line-up. In that respect, I think we have the two best drivers, or two of the maybe three best drivers...

"They deserve a car and a power unit that makes them fight in the front, rather than being lapped. That's not what any of them deserves."

Wolff wonders how "undriveable" car is being kept on track

When Sunday's race came to an end, Wolff was heard apologising to Hamilton for giving him an "undriveable" car.

Clarifying that there was no particular issue for the seven-time World Champion, beyond what Mercedes are already struggling with, Wolff expressed his amazement at how his drivers are handling the situation.

"The car was undriveable in the way it was undriveable before," he commented.

"You see the bouncing on the main straight, I wonder how the two of them can even keep the car on the track at times.

"Lewis deserves better from us, but we are a team, so we all need to do the utmost in order to provide him with a machine that is able to fight for [the] front positions."

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