FORMULA ONE icon Gerhard Berger believes George Russell will soon get on team-mate Lewis Hamilton’s nerves following his impressive start to his Mercedes career.
The 24-year-old has shown his quality just four races into his first season with the Silver Arrows.
George Russell is 19 points ahead of Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton after four racesCredit: Getty
Former F1 star Gerhard Berger believes that Russell will soon get on Hamilton’s nervesCredit: Getty
Russell, who finished on the podium at the Australian Grand Prix, sits fourth in the F1 standings ahead of Sunday’s Miami GP.
Hamilton meanwhile is languishing in seventh spot after coming home in 13th in the recent Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.
He is already 19 points behind Russell, who has backed the 37-year-old to “come back stronger” in future races.
But despite the good relationship between the two, ex-F1 driver Berger has stated Hamilton will soon become irritated if he keeps finishing behind his British compatriot.
Quoted by speedweek.com, Berger, who won ten Grand Prix’s between 1984-1997, said: “He will soon get on Lewis’ nerves.
“Russell was one of the outstanding drivers at Imola.
“Like Lando Norris and Max Verstappen.”
Berger also stated that he can see Hamilton retiring next year should he fail to claim a record eighth world championship.
He added: “Lewis is driven by the desire to become the sole record champion.
“The title that slipped through his fingers against Verstappen last year was perhaps the last chance to be the sole record world champion.
“From the current perspective, it is quite possible that he won’t win this eighth title.
“If it doesn’t work out this year and possibly next year, then his career could be over.
“After so many races, so much dominance and so many successes, I can imagine that in this situation the desire is lost.”