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George Russell: I can show the world what I can do against the greatest of all time Lewis Hamilton

Russell has had a mind-blowing season with Williams and has already been confirmed to replace Valteri Bottas at Mercedes next year, where he will form an all-British partnership with seven-time World Champion Hamilton.

“The biggest challenge next year will be going head-to-head against the greatest driver of all time,” Russell told PA.

“But I’m in such an amazing position because I can learn from Lewis and compete against the best. Who wouldn’t want to be in this position?

“To be honest it almost takes the pressure off. He’s been proven, but I believe in myself, have high expectations and have an incredible opportunity to show the world what I can do.

“And that’s why I’m so relaxed because I’m going to a place where I couldn’t have dreamed of a better environment until my fourth year in Formula 1.”

Mercedes have dominated Formula 1 in recent years but are in danger of being dethroned before Russell arrives, with Red Bull only one point behind in the constructors’ standings and, most importantly, Verstappen 19 points ahead. over Hamilton in the drivers’ championship with four races to go. go.

However, Russell believes Mercedes’ experience means Verstappen is yet to cross the finish line as he aims for a debut title, with Hamilton retaining hopes of an unprecedented eighth place finish.

“Max has been outstanding this year and realistically they should be way ahead of the championship and they should have the title sewn up,” said Russell.

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