“In an ideal world…” – George Russell opens up on growing Red Bull-Ferrari F1 threat with Lewis Hamilton

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George Russell has had a strong start to 2022 in Bahrain. The Briton clinched the P4 in his very first race as a full-time driver at Mercedes. However, the young Briton might just want more prominence in his new team. This season promises to be very interesting as Ferrari entered the battle for supremacy with Red Bull and Mercedes. Other than that, George is concerned about his personal growth within the Brackley-based team.

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Speaking of which, the new Mercedes recruit conveyed, “In an ideal world, we just want to fight each other. We don’t want to fight with the Red Bulls and the Ferraris. So we have to work together and push each other to be able to achieve this.

“I want to win…obviously. I want to win today. But you give me the choice to win today and have an average future, or to learn today and then 10 years of success – it’s an easy choice.added the former Williams driver.

What does George Russell mean by “fighting against each other”?

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Mercedes has always been the home of Lewis Hamilton. The 37-year-old’s ties with the German side are on another level as they have won 14 titles together. This record makes Lewis the all-time favorite at Brackley. As the 24-year-old was already established, he might not want to be the ‘second’ favorite as he too wants.to earn.

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 19, 2022 Mercedes’ George Russell during qualifying REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

There has been inter-team rivalry at Mercedes before. From 2014 to 2016, Nico battled with Lewis to be the best in the sport. After Nico’s departure, Mercedes signed Valtteri Bottas from Williams. Valtteri stayed with the team for five years until leaving for Alfa Romeo this season. Bottas acted as Hamilton’s “winger” for almost the entire time.

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This is not just the case with Mercedes. Even Red Bull saw a similar dynamic with Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo. Max and Daniel fought to be the best on the team. Similar to Rosberg and Hamilton, they even crashed against each other in Baku. For now, Max Verstappen remains the favorite against Sergio Perez. However, at Mercedes, the two Britons are quite happy at the moment. It will be interesting to see how long they can keep things that way.

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