Toto Wolff has denied claims that George Russell is now Mercedes’ star driver in advance of Lewis Hamilton following the younger Brit’s outstanding performances for the Silver Arrows. Russell has outperformed Hamilton in 4 of the five races so significantly this year in advance of this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix.
Russell, 24, joined Mercedes from Williams in the summer just after a collection of rather robust outings for his former aspect. He has finished really very well given that his transfer, turning out to be the only driver to complete in the major five in each race of the season.
It is a considerably cry from previous year, with Hamilton coming second all round by the best of margins and Russell finishing 15th. Nonetheless irrespective of their swap about in fortunes, Wolff refused to acknowledge that Russell was now their No 1 right after a selection of high-profile figures in F1, like Ralf Schumacher and Jacques Villeneuve, proposed he was in advance of Hamilton.
“I barely comply with it,” Wolff advised Activity24 Vehicle after remaining questioned if he experienced noticed their recent feedback. “And if I overhear one or the other comment, I can only smile about it.
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“We even now never have an understanding of our car. At Friday schooling in Miami, we experienced a genuinely superior day and ended up among the the speediest. Instantly anything was various all over again on Saturday. Negligible variations in the setup have a massive effect.”
Wolff is on the other hand nonetheless not ruling them out of hard for the Constructors’ Championship, introducing: “No, we are not at all (ruling ourselves out). We’ve only obtained the fifth race guiding us, you are not able to generate anything off then, it can swing in our way again. And in phrases of details, we are not much powering.”
The future race falls in Barcelona on Sunday.