New Mercedes driver George Russell ruled out studying teammate Lewis Hamilton before the 2022 season.

Russell will race for Mercedes from 2022, and will be paired with Hamilton. Being the teammate of a seven-time world champion automatically means a lot more pressure, with the task of outperforming him always hovering around.

With the youngster up against the best in the business in Hamilton, he will need every bit of preparation to take the fight to him. One method would be taking his racing data and analysing it to his benefit, but the youngster refused to do it.

Russell ruled out studying Hamilton before the 2022 season, saying that no driver races in one way throughout a season.

“No, there won’t be any studying of Lewis,” he said, as quoted by GP Fans. “That’s because the reason that makes him so great is because of his adapting to situations.

“We’ve got a brand-new car. Nobody knows what the best way to drive that car (will be).

“I’m sure a Mercedes 2022 car will be different to a Mercedes 2021 car and compared to a Red Bull as well, and a Ferrari and a McLaren. They’re all going to have their little quirks about them.”

Russell to avoid studying Hamilton ahead of Mercedes debut
Russell (left) with Hamilton (right). Source: gpfans.com

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“It will be the most intense year of my life in terms of racing and schedule, but also from the off-the-track marketing side of things as well,” he continued.

“Going from Williams where I’ve been pretty fortunate I haven’t had to do so many marketing activities because of the nature of the position we’ve been in, to Mercedes where we’ve tons of sponsors, lots of commitments that the drivers need to attend to.

“This will also be, off the back of COVID, for all the drivers and all the teams, it’s all going to ramp up because the partners have missed out on 18 months’ worth of activation.

“From a racing side, an off-track side, it’s going to be incredibly intense, so with a nice holiday, a reset, I’ll hit the ground running mid to end of January, and put everything on the table and go for it,” he concluded.

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