Nico Rosberg has praised the form of George Russell (10/1 – British Grand Prix Winner) but has warned the Mercedes star that his team-mate Lewis Hamilton will be doing everything he can to finish ahead of him this season.
Having missed out on an eight world title last season in controversial circumstances, Hamilton has found life a lot harder during the 2022 campaign and he currently occupies sixth spot in the Drivers’ Championship.
The British star is yet to pick up a win from the opening nine races, something that had last happened in 2013, and he has been outscored and outperformed by team-mate Russell for the majority of the time this year.
The 24-year-old from Norfolk only joined the Silver Arrows this season but he has slipped into his role effortlessly and he sits fourth in the world championship leaderboard – 34 points ahead of Hamilton.
Russell has finished ahead of his compatriot in seven of the nine races and also leads the qualifying head-to-head 5-4. It is those performances that have drawn praise from former Mercedes ace and 2016 world champion Rosberg, who said on Any Driven Monday: “George has done an awesome job, phenomenal with how difficult that car has been to drive.
“To be so consistent, driving so well, not making any mistakes, always getting the maximum out of it, he has been brilliant.”
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However, the German warned Russell to expect a tough fight from Hamilton, adding: “That driver pairing is so strong, incredible, but, make no mistake, Lewis hates passionately to ever come second to a team-mate, so he will be ultra-motivated and pushing hard internally.”
Next up is the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on July 3 and Hamilton is available at 10/1 to win the Grand Prix for a record-extending ninth time, while Mercedes are 5/1 to be the winning team.
Although happy with the improvement made by the Silver Arrows in Canada last time out, Rosberg is adamant a victory for his former employers is still some way off.
He added: “I think they are making progress but there is still some way to go to Ferrari and Red Bull. They can’t win at Silverstone, they are still too far away.”
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