“He’s Smashing Him” – F1 Pundit Claims George Russell is Dominating Lewis Hamilton This Season

Former W Series champion and F1 pundit Jamie Chadwick has sparked conversation about a changing of the guard at Mercedes, highlighting George Russell’s impressive season compared to teammate Lewis Hamilton.

Hamilton’s earlier announcement of his move to Ferrari next year appears to have coincided with a shift in performance within the team. Russell currently leads Hamilton 7-1 in qualifying and holds a 12-point advantage in the championship standings.

Chadwick, commenting on Channel 4, pointed towards Russell’s dominant form: “He’s [Russell] going to be staying in that seat for what they hope is a long time… And obviously that might come off the back of maybe Lewis being not so happy, but at the same time he’s getting smashed by him [Russell].”

Adding fuel to the fire, Hamilton’s comments after Monaco qualifying raised eyebrows. The seven-time champion admitted he expected to lose time due to not having the team’s latest front wing upgrade, which was fitted to Russell’s car.

“The team have worked really hard… but we only have one [upgrade], which George has,” Hamilton told Sky Sports. “So I anticipated it would be difficult to outqualify George… It’s definitely frustrating and something that I don’t really have an answer for at the moment.”

With Hamilton’s departure on the horizon, the dynamic between the teammates is expected to evolve. Russell is poised to take on the leadership mantle, while Hamilton will likely be unwilling to concede defeat to his younger teammate. This internal battle could add another layer of intrigue to the remainder of the F1 season.