Lewis Hamilton: ‘George Russell is less fashionable than me’

Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and George Russell have a good relationship despite a number of on-track incidents.

Lewis Hamilton and George Russell were both in good spirits whilst recording a video for Mercedes’ social channels, as they participated in the whisper challenge.

Effectively, one person has music playing through headphones/earphones so that they can’t hear what the other person is saying, who then has to say something for them to guess.

In this situation, it was Hamilton who was listening to music and had to try and guess what Russell was saying, something he did almost perfectly.

“George Russell is more fashionable than me,” Russell said to Hamilton, who was listening to music.

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Hamilton looked confused for a brief moment, before comically replying: “George Russell is less fashionable than me.”

The two drivers started laughing given that Hamilton clearly heard what was said, to which Russell questioned: “You turned your music off?”

“Huh,” replied Hamilton, pretending not to hear his team-mate.

“Almost,” Russell said, before Hamilton asked: “Was that along the way? Along the lines?”

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Russell replied: “It was along the lines, yeah. Not quite not, not quite right.”

The two drivers were in better spirits whilst taking part in the challenge than they were after last weekend’s Italian Grand Prix, where they were both frustrated by the W14’s poor pace.

Monza was a difficult event for Mercedes, who have struggled all season at low downforce circuits.

As a result, Hamilton could only salvage eighth on the grid, whilst Russell did well to claim fourth.

However, the former Williams driver struggled for pace in the race and could only finish fifth, one place ahead of Hamilton.

Mercedes were comfortably third in the pecking order and failed to compete with Red Bull or Ferrari, who were both stronger.

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Next weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix should be a significantly better venue for the Silver Arrows, who need to a good result given that Ferrari are now third in the Constructors’ Championship.

If Ferrari go on to perform well at the Marina Bay Circuit, then Mercedes will have a real fight on their hands to claim second in the standings.

With everything that’s happened this season, that’s the last thing Mercedes will want.