‘Sensitive’ Lewis Hamilton could ‘become irritated’ by George Russell as his new Mercedes team-mate, claims Mika Hakkinen… with two-time world champion also insisting Max Verstappen could be ‘two-tenths’ quicker this season

Mika Hakkinen is concerned that Lewis Hamilton could become troubled by having George Russell as his team-mate at Mercedes this season. But Hakkinen, who is a two-time world champion from 1998 and 1999, believes some of the team-work dynamic could now be lost with Russell looking to prove himself at Mercedes. ‘I believe and I know from my experience that Lewis is relatively sensitive,’ Hakkinen told Unibet. Now, the support he’s going to get from Russell…The teamwork could be lost. Hamilton defeated Russell in their first outing as team-mates, finishing third and one place ahead of Russell at the season opening Bahrain Grand Prix.

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