Former F1 driver Felipe Massa believes a brilliant future awaits George Russell however insists the Briton would require “endurance and humility” to evolve and mature alongside Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes
After three childhood in System 1 with Williams, Russell will transfer on to the following stage in 2022 when he replaces Valtteri Bottas on the Brackley squad the place he’ll race alongside Hamilton.
Massa undoubtedly identifies with the 23-year-old’s case because the Brazilian was additionally given his massive break in F1 after serving a three-year apprenticeship, racing with Sauber earlier than becoming a member of a number of world champion Michael Schumacher at Ferrari.
“I had my first alternative with a giant staff as Ferrari,” he informed Sky Italia final weekend at Monza. “We all know how troublesome it’s to get in a Ferrari when you’ve gotten beside you Michael Schumacher.
“I attempted to study quite a bit, I attempted to do what he did, observe him, doing the identical or [thinking] what I may do otherwise that perhaps may give me an even bigger benefit.
“I managed to study and to develop through the championship. And this gave me quite a lot of power since you felt you have been sturdy contained in the staff and also you felt you can win or do the pole.
“This for certain was essential to me, it made me develop quite a bit.
“And I feel Russell is a particular driver. He’s a driver that has a velocity that’s actually unbelievable.
“What he proved to this point, he’s a driver that wants a aggressive automobile, he’s a driver that may show quite a bit when the automobile would be the proper one for him.
“For certain he has a team-mate that we is aware of will not be simple. However I feel he has an excellent head and that he’s a quiet driver. He can show quite a bit already from his first 12 months in Mercedes in my view.”
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Hamilton has stated that he welcomes Russell bringing “contemporary blood” to the Mercedes staff subsequent season however expects a robust problem from the “extremely gifted” younger gun.
Nonetheless, with a purpose to choose up the baton from the seven-time world champion within the coming years, Russell might want to exert endurance and show humility reckons Massa.
“He has to, as a result of if he’s not affected person and humble, it may be a unfavourable level,” insisted the eleven-time Grand Prix winner.
“You should have quite a lot of endurance, work greater than anyone else, that is what champions do.”
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