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Lewis Hamilton’s experience gives him the edge over Max Verstappen for No.8 title, says George Russell

Ewis Hamilton’s wealth of experience will give him the advantage of winning a record-breaking eighth world title this season, according to future teammate George Russell.

Hamilton has a two-point advantage in the drivers’ standings over Max Verstappen heading into this weekend’s Turkish Grand Prix.

As Hamilton’s victory in Russia took him to the top of the standings, Verstappen compared his second place after starting from the back of the grid to a race victory in a championship that has fluctuated throughout the race. season.

But driver Williams Russell, who will form an all-British driver partnership at Mercedes next season, said of the title race: “I think it’s going to be tight. Mercedes and Lewis are experienced and have obviously come seven times already.

“I think it will work in their favor when the weather is critical.

“Red Bull and Max have been incredibly fast all year, but only because of recent experiences, [I’m tipping] Lewis and Mercedes.

In the battle for the 2021 Formula 1 crown, Verstappen has the edge, with a new powertrain installed in Sochi, while Hamilton insisted he was still a long way from demanding an engine change, which would see him penalized at the back of the grid. under F1 cost reduction rules.

Hamilton and Verstappen are set to face each other once again for victory in Sunday’s race, but the Dutchman for the first time said he could face the lack of his first F1 title at the end of the season.

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“I always do my best and I know the team is doing their best as well,” he said.

“And if this has to be the first at the end of the year, of course it’s an incredible achievement and that’s what we’re working for, isn’t it?” But even if we finished second, I think we would still have had a great season. And in the end, it’s not really going to change my life.

“I mean, I love what I’m doing and I think that’s really important too. For me, there is not much to worry about. The whole team wants to win, so that mentality is there, but it’s nothing you can force. “


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