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F1 | Toto Wolff on George Russell´s first five races with the team: “It´s like he´s been here forever”

It´s all praise for George Russell after his first 5 races with Mercedes

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F1 | Toto Wolff on George Russell´s first five races with the team: “It´s like he´s been here forever”
Fuente imagen: Hasan Bratic. MotorLat.

It´s been only five races since the beginning of the challenging 2022 season. However, George Russell has already impressed everyone in his first season with Mercedes. The young Brit is fourth in the drivers' championship with 59 points, only 7 points behind Sergio Perez in 3rd place and 23 ahead of his seven-time world champion teammate Lewis Hamilton in 6th place.

His performance is not a surprise for Wolff who has always believed in the British and his talent.

"When you look at George's track record in winning the title in F3 in his rookie year, and then an F2, we knew that he was very good. I like his approach very much. He's very rational, whether he is fastest in P2, or whether he's eleventh, it’s just about applying the science and trying to make the car faster.”

Last weekend, when MotorLat attended an online media session with Toto Wolff and asked him about George´s integration, he praised the youngster. 

"He's integrated very well, it's almost like he's been here forever."

Racing and challenging one of the best drivers in F1 history at only 24 like he did last weekend in Miami must not be an easy task. However, according to Wolff the relationship between the drivers during the beginning of their first season together seems to be going well.

To MotorLat´s question he added: “I'm really happy about the two of them, how they interact, how respectful they are with each other.

“Even the situation where they race each other, and it's getting a bit, you know... 'I'm not giving you room, okay I'm going to find another way, then give the position back'. I think this is how teammates should race each other. That's okay. I'm happy with how he's settled in."

Although the constructor’s world champions have lost ground to their competitors this season, they are in 3rd place in the championships with 95 points behind Ferrari´s 157 and Red Bull´s 151. Wolff believes this is thanks to the high level of his drivers. 

"I enjoy seeing them working together, the level is high from both of them. And that has put us in a decent situation in the constructors’ championship, so I couldn't wish for any better pairing."


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