Lewis Hamilton vows to help teammate George Russell recover after ‘really unfortunate’ podium miss at Singapore GP

Lewis Hamilton offers his Mercedes teammate help in recovering from a disappointing DNF in Singapore


Lewis Hamilton vows to help teammate George Russell recover after ‘really unfortunate’ podium miss at Singapore GP

Lewis Hamilton and George Russell (via Planet F1)

The Goliath of 2023 was slain at the Marina Bay Street Circuit. Red Bull, after winning every race in the season so far, were beaten at the Singapore GP. Mercedes’ best chances for a race win, before the lights went out, seemed to reside with George Russell. The Brit put forth a stellar performance the whole weekend until the very last lap of the Grand Prix where he crashed out.

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Lewis Hamilton, who drove a magnificent race, won Mercedes their only Podium of the weekend. Russell had a DNF and seemed quite miserable at the post-race interview. Lewis, the veteran at Mercedes [quite the understatement, no?], offered to help Russell get over the crash and keep improving. Lewis said“He had been driving phenomenal all weekend, so it was really unfortunate for him, last lap, to finish that way.”

“I know that he will keep getting stronger and faster. If there is any way I can help him be a part of that over the next couple of years,” added Hamilton. Russell, despite looking comfortable at Mercedes, is now 71 points behind Lewis in the WDC. The 25-year-old will be looking forward to getting back in the car and putting forth yet another display of his racing prowess. It definitely helps having a 7-time-World Champion give you advice on how to do just that.

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Mercedes apparently didn’t join Lewis Hamilton’s Podium celebration

Lewis was seen sitting alone next to his W14 as Lando and Sainz celebrated with their respective teams. Many eagle-eyed fans spotted how Lewis Hamilton wasn’t too high-spirited, claiming that his team didn’t even show up for their driver’s podium. When we checked the broadcast footage, the fans seemed to have a point. Mercedes were notably absent from the podium as McLaren and Ferrari celebrated their drivers.

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Lewis Hamilton being congratulated by Ferrari after Mercedes failed to show up
Lewis Hamilton being congratulated by Ferrari after Mercedes failed to show up

This isn’t the first time Mercedes have been absent from his Podium celebrations. Fans recalled the Australian GP and resurfaced the video of Lewis asking someone for Mercedes’ whereabouts as he finished on the podium. Russel also crashed out of the Australian Grand Prix.

It is unknown whether logistical reasons behind Russell’s crashes prevented the team from celebrating with their other driver. However, It seems quite disrespectful to the 196 time Podium winner, who’s played such a big part in bringing Mercedes to the forefront of our sport.

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