One of the intriguing tales of the 2023 season will be which British driver prevails after Russell defeated Lewis Hamilton in their debut season as Mercedes teammates.
Lewis Hamilton is a seven-time Formula One champion with a plethora of knowledge. So, it seems to reason that George Russell could be the one who needs more help. However, the way things turned out the previous year for Lewis Hamilton presented a different tale.
Due to their car’s lack of competitiveness, both of them were eliminated from title contention. Nevertheless, despite the challenges, Russell was the most reliable player throughout the year and concluded his first season with the squad with 35 more points than his fellow Brit.
Both Lewis Hamilton and Russell will be hoping for improved results this year. But how well they do will mainly rely on how much faster their car is than those of their competitors.
It will be interesting to observe how a championship match may alter their current, fairly amicable chemistry.
Former F1 driver Emanuele Pirro believes team owner Toto Wolff has to attempt to maintain a balance of power in that relationship. “The roles that Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez play at Red Bull are obvious. Max is a more capable driver “, said Toto Wolff.
“However, when two drivers are equal, as Lewis Hamilton and Russell at Mercedes or [Charles] Leclerc and [Carlos] Sainz at Ferrari, the team manager must assist the driver who is experiencing greater problems. akin to parents supporting a younger child.”
More Underlying Issues for Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes in 2023, according to Toto Wolff
By the end of the season, Mercedes looked to have largely resolved their porpoising problems and had also developed a sizable amount of pace. They even managed to win in Brazil, which is encouraging for the 2023 campaign.
Before the start of the new season, Toto Wolff stated that while they didn’t have enough time to address the entire problem in 2022, things with porpoising are improving. However, they believe they have moved past it this time. But Lewis Hamilton still wants to be modest.
Lewis Hamilton is eager to fight for the title in 2023 following their absence from the sport the previous year. George Russell and Lewis Hamilton have the ability to lead any elite squad to victory.
Wolff wants to maintain his modesty despite the fact that Mercedes is anticipated to have improved progress this year and be competitive enough to contend for the title. According to his interpretation of these rules, if you solve one problem, another one always appears below.
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