The world championship 2022 will present several innovations regarding the technical regulations in Formula 1, but also for the composition of the starting grid. Among the changes in the first tier teams, the most interesting concerns the Mercedes reigning champion: for the first time in five years, in fact, Lewis Hamilton’s teammate will no longer be Valtteri Bottas – destined for Alfa Romeo – but George Russell, hailing from Williams.
The 23-year-old, who had already had the opportunity to compete with the German manufacturer at the 2020 Sakhir GP to replace the unavailable Hamilton, is therefore ready to land in Brackley. Since 2019, his debut year in F1, the number 63 has finished four times in the points with the team from Grove, taking second place in this year’s controversial round in Belgium. With his future unfolding in the fascinating but complex world of Mercedes, there was no shortage of advice for Russell from another British F1 world champion: Jenson Button.
The latter, winner of the title in 2009 with the Brawn GP, in fact intervened in Sky Sports F1 to make some suggestions to the young talent of King’s Lynn in view of the championship to come: “George doesn’t have to put too much pressure on himself – he has declared – can’t think ‘I’ll get in the car and be faster than Lewis from day one’. It has to grow gradually, otherwise it will shoot itself in the foot. You can’t be too confident next to Lewis. This year’s Hamilton is very different from previous years: he was very relaxed and confident in his abilities. If he had ever been insecure in the past, he is no longer insecure, and we have a very different Lewis. It seems he has found himself this year ”.
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