Lewis Hamilton ‘changes course’ on Russell to prevent Verstappen from repeating
Lewis Hamilton has turned the tide for George Russell, according to Formula One expert Joleyn Palmer. For the first half of the season, it seemed that the new Mercedes man had overtaken his most successful and experienced team-mate, but the seven-time world champion has turned around to prevent a repeat of his rivalry with Max. Verstappen.
Mercedes failed to reach its usual heights over the course of the current Formula One season, but originally it was Russell who seemed to be making the most of a bad situation, cracking the top five in each of the first nine races, while Hamilton stagger. further down the package.
However, the 37-year-old has changed this pattern in the closing weeks of the season and although he still trails his team-mate in the world rankings, he is more likely to compete at the front for wins and podium finishes. He has finished second three times this year compared to his Mercedes colleague, closing in on victory at the United States Grand Prix last weekend.
Now, Palmer has argued that Hamilton is beginning to get the better of Russell, preventing a repeat of his battle with Verstappen. The Dutchman has become a dominant force over the British driver in recent years, something the 103-race winner was desperate to prevent from happening again.
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“I was way ahead of George [in Austin] And I think it has silenced the doubters that were there, because they came out pretty tough at the start of the season.”
Hamilton will again be looking to overtake Russell during the Mexican Grand Prix this weekend. He sits just 20 points behind his British compatriot going into the final three races of the season, so there is plenty to play for as he looks to beat his team-mate in qualifying.
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