Lewis Hamilton is the only GOAT in the world of motorsports right now unlike in tennis, says George Russell

George Russell has claimed that F1 currently only has one “great driver” on the grid in Lewis Hamilton. He said this is unlike other world-class sports like tennis, which pits three of the greatest players against each other at the same time.

Speaking of F1: Beyond the grid Podcast, the Mercedes driver said:

“Before this season, I was thinking about tennis and television [Rafael] Nadal wins the Australian Open and just sees him play and then thinks about it [Roger] Federer and then considered [Novak] Djokovic. They probably have the three greatest tennis players of all time with three completely different approaches to their game.”

“Obviously there is only Lewis in the world of motorsport [Hamilton] for now.”

With seven titles and more than 100 wins, Lewis Hamilton is arguably one of the greatest drivers in F1 history. The Briton has broken every imaginable record in the history of sports in recent years and even set his own records.

While Hamilton’s talent is undisputed, many also argue that he held an edge over his competition throughout the turbo-hybrid era. During this period, Mercedes consistently produced top-notch cars while rivals Red Bull and Ferrari stumbled and failed to rise to the challenge.

During that time, the only real competition Hamilton faced was his teammates. Still, the seven-time world champion is one of the most consistent drivers on the grid, having won races in every season he’s driven in F1.

George Russell came to Mercedes accepting that he would be slower than Lewis Hamilton

George Russell has said that before arriving at Mercedes earlier this season he had “zero expectations” and that he arrived at the team fully accepting that he would be slower than Lewis Hamilton. He said:

“I had zero expectations. I’ve always believed that once I’ve had a couple of races and understand the car and can maximize it, I have great potential.”

“I kind of accepted before the season that if I’m two tenths behind the best rider of all time in the first few races, it’s not a big deal. If I have the same pace it’s not a big deal and if I’m in front it’s not a big deal because I’ll just focus on myself and try to make the best of it.”

Russell has opted for a steering wheel with single paddle and fingerprint for clutch actuation as Hamilton for his W13. Bottas, on the other hand, always opted for the double rockers and the fingerprint layout for his Mercedes trips.#F1 #Mercedes

Since arriving, Russell has surprised himself and the rest of the F1 paddock by consistently beating Hamilton in both qualifying and race day. The young Brit is the only rider to have finished in the top five in every race so far this season. Lewis Hamilton is the only GOAT in the world of motorsports right now unlike in tennis, says George Russell

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