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Wolff: Hamilton will catch Russell once bad luck stops

2022 Monaco Grand Prix 2022, Friday – LAT Images. Credits: Mercedes.

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff believes that lack of luck does not let Lewis Hamilton match George Russell’s performance.

Despite having an underperforming car, Russell finished in the top 5 in every race so far in 2022 and scored two podiums in Australia and Spain. At the same time, Hamilton managed to finish higher than Russell on only one occasion – in Bahrain.

When asked whether Russell being ahead of Hamilton has become a regularity, Wolff said: “No, I think when you look at the bad spells that Lewis had, I mean, look at the race [in Monaco]: stuck again.

“Contact with Esteban [Ocon], stuck behind Fernando [Alonso], the red flag in qualifying, and I think the pendulum will swing. So [once] these unlucky situations stop with Lewis, they’re very much on the same pace. [During] one practice, one leads and then the other one. And that is great.

“Also they work together in order to get our car straight, because we need to get our car straight.”

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