Lewis Hamilton’s opinion on who should be his teammate for the 2022 season remains unchanged despite George Russell’s strong qualifying outing for the Belgian Grand Prix.
The rumors inside the F1 community grow as the remaining Mercedes seat for next year could go to either Valtteri Bottas or Russell, and while Toto Wolff revealed the decision has already been made, the information has not been revealed yet.
Hamilton, who’s got a 2-year contract with the Silver Arrows, said he wants Bottas to continue as his teammate going into the 2022 season and says his position remains unchanged after Russell’s strong qualifying performance for the Belgian Grand Prix.
“I don’t see anything different,” he said. “George has done an amazing job all year round. This [Russell’s P2 in qualifying] doesn’t really change anything, really.
“I’m sure that him [Russell] deals with the pressure of doing a good job, like Valtteri, and it’s great to see him deliver. I can’t blame him for that,” he said.
“We [Hamilton and Valtteri] are the best-performing couple when it comes to balance within the team and knowing how we can develop our car.
“I won’t be here forever and neither will Valtteri, but I think we’ve done well over the years and that we can continue to do so. People have to leave him alone so he can focus on his work.
“I’ve always said that, overall, Valtteri is the best teammate I’ve ever had.”