Mercedes will “condition” Russell for battle with Hamilton

George Russell (GBR) Williams Racing celebrates his second position on the podium. Belgian Grand Prix, Sunday 29th August 2021. Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium.

Toto Wolff said that the Mercedes will integrate George Russell into the team to fully prepare him for the next season.

Why it matters: For the whole team, the relationship between the two drivers must be optimal to work in the best way possible.


  • Hamilton did not have the best relationship with his former teammate Nico Rosberg, and that made it difficult for Mercedes to control both drivers.
  • To avoid a similar situation, Wolff said that the team will do anything for Russell to make sure that he can integrate without problems inside Mercedes. 

He has an unbelievable teammate with the biggest records, and there it’s important that you condition him in the right way and you calibrate him in the right way. You have to respect also the other guy’s perspective and ambition. We’re not going to put a driver in the car who’s not going to have the ambition to do as well as possible to kick his teammate as hard as he can, win races and championships early. 

Toto Wolff
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