In the Driver's Seat

New boy Russell shows his mettle but don't rule Hamilton out yet

Mercedes' British driver George Russell celebrates on the podium after the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix on May 21, 2022. PHOTO: AFP
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As elephants go, George Russell isn't a bad looking one, and he doesn't take up pachydermous space. But with six of the season's now-22 races done and dusted it hasn't escaped anyone's notice that the new boy at Mercedes is doing rather well against his esteemed serial world championship-winning teammate.

Some have begun to portray the 37 year-old Lewis Hamilton as a man dispirited by his first difficult car in years. Defeated after Abu Dhabi. And suggested that Mercedes should throw their weight behind their speedy 24-year-old instead.

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