For a long time, it was unclear who would replace Lewis Hamilton as the second driver at Mercedes next season. After much deliberation, the young and promising George Russell was chosen.

Charles Leclerc, a Ferrari driver, joined the team at a young age a few years ago. Vettel can speak from a point of authority since he was the senior driver when Leclerc broke into Ferrari’s team.

Vettel, meanwhile, had arrived at Ferrari previously on the back of successive world championship titles during his time at Red Bull. He discusses some of the life lessons he gained during his experience with Russell on F1.com.

“It’s a great opportunity for him and he’s also in a very good position because as I was with Seb at the end, I had a multi-world champion next to me and, of course for us as young drivers being young, it’s a great opportunity to show what you can do and learn from the best,” Leclerc said.

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Sebastian Vettel. Source: grandprix247.com

Vettel’s advice

When it comes to the circumstance of a new young driver joining your squad, Sebastian Vettel might have some advice for Lewis Hamilton.

He said, “I don’t know, Lewis is old enough, he doesn’t need much advice. Every situation is different as well; yeah, I think when you get to race with a new teammate, you always get things that you can learn on both sides as well.

“That’s how it was when Charles joined the team and looking back, I enjoyed it, I’ve always been very open and straightforward, and I learned a similar way of working from Charles as well.

“It was pretty straightforward between us, which was nice,” Vettel added, who himself recently extended his contract at Aston Martin.

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