‘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 Russellā€¦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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