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Alla Zakarian

07-01-2021 | 12:20 Formula 1
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Lewis Hamilton may have given George Russell confidence to take Valtteri Bottas' seat


George Russell has revealed how driving in Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes car has given him even more "self-confidence". Russell has been a part of Mercedes' junior programme since 2017 he is set to step up in 2022. Toto Wolff said back in 2019 that Russell joining Williams was because Mercedes wanted him to gain some experience. Russell is entering his third seasons with Williams for the 2021 season with his contract running out at the end of the year. Russell admits he's growing in confidence about his abilities after having a taste of driving in a Mercedes car. "We often found ourselves outside of our position and struggled with faster cars, which of course makes it tricky because I'm always on the defensive," he told Motorsport-Total. "It only happened once that I was on the offensive. And that was when I was sitting in the Mercedes. It just changes your self-confidence as a racing driver. "But I am equally realistic because I know that it will always be difficult to fight with others because we are one of the two slowest cars and we do not have the same grip as the other teams. But there are small details, we try just to work continuously to improve." Hamilton remains the only driver not signed up for the 2021 season with just weeks until teams are expected to unveil their new liveries.
Source: Express

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