After confirming his move, Russell expressed his intention to race the seven-time world champion to become the team’s No. 1 driver, leading many to question how the pair would co-exist. Hamilton had previously had a tempestuous relationship with Nico Rosberg, with the German ending his run of three consecutive titles in 2016 before surprisingly retiring from the sport.
However, a championship tilt has not materialized for any of the Mercedes drivers in 2022, with the team plagued by the porpoise problem. Russell is fourth in the overall standings, one place, and 15 points ahead of his most esteemed teammate.
However, there have been few signs of tension as many had hoped, despite both drivers still desperately seeking their first win of the season. In fact, Hamilton has now said that Russell has done an “incredible” job since he left Williams.
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“I just try to work with him like I did with Valtteri,” he told the official F1 website. at a decent pace from the start, and we continue to work out any issues to continue at that pace.”
The F1 icon also hinted that Russell’s time spent on the team’s development program helped him establish himself quickly: “He would sit in reporting and engineering so he would know the process and the lay of the ground here,” he continued. and it fits, he knows what to expect. And for my part, I’ve tried to be as welcoming and inclusive, trying to communicate a lot about the car, what can I prove, what can you prove to get to point A?”
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For his part, Bottas has frequently declared himself happy to have left for Alfa Romeo, and has hinted that he has more of a say in the team’s affairs. Criticizing the way engineers relied on computer data at Mercedes, he said of his new team: “The simulation tools are developing well at Hinwil, but for now it seems there are more human and driver effects in the steering, which I personally enjoy very much.”
He currently sits 10th in the standings with 47 points, although he has only one point from the last 11 races. The Finn’s best effort came at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, where he finished P5.
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