“Life isn’t going to get easier for him, that’s for sure”: Red Bull boss expects Lewis Hamilton to face stiff competition from George Russell at Mercedes in 2022

Somin Bhattacharjee
|Published February 26, 2022

Lewis Hamilton and George Russell will be teammates at Mercedes in 2022, and Christian Horner expects the former to face difficulties.

For the last five seasons, Hamilton’s role at Mercedes was pretty much that of a ‘number 1 driver’. His then teammate Valtteri Bottas was solid, but didn’t put up much of a challenge for the Brit. After the 2021 season however, Bottas left Mercedes and will now race for Alfa Romeo in 2022.

Former Williams driver George Russell will be Hamilton’s teammate for the upcoming campaign. Russell has been long billed as a potential future champion, and his move to a top team like the Silver Arrows was seen as imminent.

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With Russell now a part of the team, many wonder which driver will be prioritized within. Hamilton is one of the greatest of all time, and will enter 2022 with the aim of winning his eighth World Title. Russell on the other hand, is a generational talent, who can be molded as the future of the team.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner feels that Hamilton will find it difficult to adjust to life with Russell at the team. On top of that, he thinks that a 37-year old Hamilton will finally have age catch up to him.

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Lewis Hamilton is going to be very motivated this season but Russell could be a headache for him

Hamilton put in the fastest lap of all 10 drivers during pre-season testing in Barcelona last week. On the final day, he edged out his teammate to finish P1 on the lap-timings chart.

After losing out on his eighth Title in Abu Dhabi in heartbreaking fashion, rumors about Hamilton leaving the sport surfaced. However, he put an end to speculation by turning up at Brackley, and looks hungrier than ever to create history this year.

Horner on the other hand feels that 23-year old Russell, could be a roadblock in Hamilton’s path the glory. He went on to say that the young Brit has ‘history of his own’ to create.

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Horner cited the example of Max Verstappen to describe how he thinks Russell will be feeling ahead of the season. For the first time in his F1 career, the latter has a car that is potentially capable of competing for the Championship. As a result, he would want to make good use of it.

His own desire to win and be the best, may affect Hamilton’s undisputed ‘number 1 driver’ role within the outfit.

Also read: Alex Albon gives his insights on the new generation cars after completing testing in Barcelona

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Somin Bhattacharjee

Somin Bhattacharjee

Somin Bhattacharjee is an F1 writer at The SportsRush. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and aims to work in the sports industry for the rest of his life. Somin has been a fan of Scuderia Ferrari since 2010 and his favorite driver is none another than the great Fernando Alonso. Other than longing for a Ferrari Championship win once again, Somin spends his free time playing football and basketball.

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