‘Being Russell’s team-mate same as being Hamilton’s’

Date published: April 26 2021 - Mark Scott

George Russell Lewis Hamilton

Williams boss, Jost Capito, feels going up against George Russell within a team is as difficult as being Lewis Hamilton’s team-mate at Mercedes.

Russell has made pretty light work of both Robert Kubica and Nicholas Latifi during his spell with Williams and has yet to be out-qualified by his team-mate whilst racing for the Grove team.

And Capito thinks going up against Russell is a very tough challenge and compared it to battling with Hamilton at the Silver Arrows – but he also believes Latifi deserves more credit for the job he is doing in trying to keep Russell on his toes.

George Russell, Williams

“To be the teammate of George is very difficult,” Capito told F1’s Beyond The Grid podcast.

“The same as being the teammate of Lewis, that is always difficult.

“But I’m impressed how he handles this. It was his rookie year last year, so he has to learn, and he learned from that. He has to prove this year what he learned last year. He had a couple of 11th positions last year, so he was close to a point last year. He is working very hard.

“I think he can show and improve a lot this season. I believe he is better than his reputation is.”

Caption inadvertently caused a stir when he called Russell a “demanding” driver, but did not mean for this to be interpreted as a negative trait.

“He is demanding,” Capito said.

“Where I said before it’s not easy to work with him, [this isn’t] negative. No, this is a compliment. Because he is demanding, he wants more and more, he is never happy, and the driver should never be happy with what he has.

“But he has the ability to get the team behind him. Everybody is really pushing and motivated to give him what he is demanding, and that is an ability that really a top driver needs.”

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