Lewis Hamilton has backed George Russell to take Mercedes "forwards" into the future.
Russell joined the Silver Arrows for the 2022 season after a three-year stint with Williams, and has so far amassed 19 more points than Hamilton in the World Championship standings.
Despite Russell currently leading Hamilton in their qualifying and race head-to-heads, the seven-time World Champion denies that it has been "tough" having the 24-year-old as his new teammate, and says that they have shared an enjoyable relationship so far.
"I wouldn't say it's been tough. It's been pleasant," Hamilton told media, including RacingNews365.com.
"We've worked together incredibly well. George has had a positive impact on the work environment. It's generally been a real pleasure to work with him."
Hamilton pleased to see Russell's success
With Russell having finished in the top five of every race this season – barring the British Grand Prix, where he was involved in a crash on the opening lap – Hamilton has praised his fellow Mercedes driver for how he has performed so far.
"It's been great to see his success," Hamilton explained.
"He's done such a great job. He's got great points for the team, and he's continuing to improve.
"He's going to continue to improve for a long time."
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Russell can lead Mercedes to success, says Hamilton
Russell is signed to Mercedes on a long-term deal, and Hamilton believes that his compatriot is the right choice for the team in regards to the future.
"I definitely see that he's got so much potential in him, and he's in the right place for it as well," the 37-year-old added.
"I really think that, whether or not I'm here, he has all the qualities to help take this team forwards in the future and lead them to success.
"I think it's been the right choice for the team, and I hope I can be a little bit of a part of helping him to progress."
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