Mercedes W15 development update spells danger for Lewis Hamilton as George Russell lands slender advantage

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton is looked at by many fans as the main driver at Mercedes, but he has been warned of a power shift at the Silver Arrows and how teammate George Russell has grown in stature.

While a lot was expected of Russell when he moved to Mercedes in 2022, no one quite imagined that he would outscore Hamilton, who was the championship runner-up in somewhat controversial circumstances.

Lewis Hamilton and George Russell. Credit:
Lewis Hamilton and George Russell. Credit:

However, Hamilton soon grew accustomed to the 2023 challenger and comprehensively beat his teammate to pour cold water on any talks of a power shift.

With the 2024 Mercedes challenger set to be completely different from the cars at their disposal in the previous couple of seasons, it promises to be an even playing field for both drivers, according to former F1 driver Johnny Herbert.

“George has done very well against Lewis, but you have seen a slight shift,” Herbert said.

“It was all about George at the beginning of the season, now Lewis seems to be getting a better job done. But George isn’t a thousand miles away, that’s the difference with him.”

Herbert isn’t the only one who feels Hamilton has something to worry about, with F1 analyst Peter Windsor concurring with these views.

“I think George is a very clear-cut, basic, unbelievably competitive racing driver,” Windsor said on Youtube.

“What we’re seeing from George is absolutely nothing new, he was like that Williams.

“Nobody should be surprised that George is asserting himself. I’m a Lewis fan! I’ve loved watching Lewis drive and I totally respect everything he’s ever done.

“But, you probably have to say, over one lap at most circuits, Goerge is probably a fraction quicker than Lewis. And that’s the problem!”

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