Lewis Hamilton insists George Russell will ‘energise’ Mercedes next season as he breaks silence on his new team-mate – who revealed the seven-time F1 world champion ‘congratulated’ him on 2022 move via text message

Lewis Hamilton has claimed that George Russell will help ‘energise’ Mercedes next season after speaking publicly for the first time since his new team-mate was confirmed. Russell will join Mercedes for the 2022 campaign, replacing Valtteri Bottas who has been Hamilton’s team-mate since 2017 after replacing Nico Rosberg. ‘We spoke earlier this week over text, he said “congratulations, and looking forward to being team-mates with me” and seeing how I get on,’ Russell said. Russell stood in for Hamilton, who was ill with Covid, at Mercedes for last year’s Sakhir Grand Prix and only poor luck denied him a stunning victory in Bahrain.

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