Lewis Hamilton's 'natural ability is fantastic' says Button
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George Russell is delighted that Lewis Hamilton has signed a new contract to remain at Mercedes and has compared the 36-year-old to a fine wine. And in his praise, Russell has heavily hinted he would love the chance to drive alongside Hamilton for Mercedes.
Hamilton finally settled his future by penning a new two-year deal with the Silver Arrows following discussions much shorter than his protracted talks last year.
His Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas is also facing an uncertain future and Williams driver Russell has been linked with a move to replace the Finn.
Hamilton is currently locked in a battle with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen for the F1 driver’s title.
Verstappen holds a 32-point lead over the Brit after winning the Austrian Grand Prix.
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But Russell has suggested that Hamilton could catch the Belgian to win the eighth title of his career.
“I’m really pleased that Lewis is staying in the sport. He’s clearly a global superstar and is still riding at an exceptional level,” Russell told Motorsport Total.
“I think he’s like a good wine, he gets better with age.
“Max and Red Bull seem very strong. But I’m sure Lewis will push.
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“Like I said, I think it’s really great for F1 that a guy like Lewis stays.”
Russell refused to rule out a move from Williams to Mercedes.
The 23-year-old has been widely linked with a move to Mercedes and could still join if the Brackley-based outfit part ways with Bottas, whose own contract expires at the end of the season.
“Personally, I want to compete against the best drivers in the world,” the Brit continued.
Hamilton signed a contract with Mercedes in February but it only kept him with the Silver Arrows until the end of the current season.
He will now drive for the team until the end of 2023.
Having signed fresh terms, Hamilton said: “It is hard to believe it’s been nearly nine years working with this incredible team and I’m excited we’re going to continue our partnership for two more years.
“We’ve accomplished so much together but we still have a lot to achieve, both on and off the track.”
“As we enter a new era of F1 from 2022 onwards, there can be no better driver to have in our team than Lewis,” Mercedes team manager Toto Wolff added.
“His achievements in this sport speak for themselves, and with his experience, speed and race-craft, he is at the peak of his powers.
“We are relishing the battle we have on our hands this year – and that’s why we also wanted to agree this contract early, so we have no distractions from the competition on track.
“I have always said that as long as Lewis still possesses the fire for racing, he can continue as long as he wants.”
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