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Mercedes’ George Russell was “phenomenal”; Lewis Hamilton ‘hates losing to teammates’ – Nico Rosberg

Mercedes' George Russell was "phenomenal";  Lewis Hamilton 'hates losing to teammates' - Nico Rosberg

Nico Rosberg has his say on the battle between Lewis Hamilton and George Russell; Max Verstappen stops Carlos Sainz in Canada; and the “super spectacular” Fernando Alonso – next for F1 is the British Grand Prix with all sessions live on Sky Sports F1 from July 1-3

Last updated: 20/06/22 11:46 PM

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2016 World Champion Nico Rosberg discusses the rivalry between Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes teammate George Russell.

2016 World Champion Nico Rosberg discusses the rivalry between Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes teammate George Russell.

Nico Rosberg says George Russell has been “phenomenal” so far in a difficult F1 season for Mercedes, but warned him that Lewis Hamilton “has hated” losing to teammates.

Russell is fourth in the Drivers’ Championship with 111 points – 34 points ahead of sixth-placed Hamilton, who labeled his car “undrivable” during Friday practice ahead of last weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix.

Russell has won seven of the nine races ahead of his compatriot Hamilton this season, with Hamilton’s podium finish in Montreal, the first time he has beaten Russell since the opening round in Bahrain.

Russell also leads the qualifier head-to-head 5-4.

Talk about Every Monday driven2016 World Champion and Hamilton’s former teammate, Rosberg said: “George did an amazing job, phenomenal with how difficult that car was to drive.

Damon Hill comments on FIA steps to reduce porpoises and how different attitudes were in his racer days

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Damon Hill comments on FIA steps to reduce porpoises and how different attitudes were in his racer days

Damon Hill comments on FIA steps to reduce porpoises and how different attitudes were in his racer days

“To be so consistent, ride so well, not make mistakes and always get the most out of it, he was brilliant.

“On Saturday you would think, ‘Okay, keep it safe, take home another P4 or P5 in qualifying’, but no. He said: ‘I’m going to put on my slicks, I only care about pole position’. awesome.

‘Hamilton delivered to Canada; Merc makes progress’

“Lewis is riding at his best. He’s just had an incredibly unlucky season with all these different things going against him. This was a normal weekend and he performed in the usual great way.

Lewis Hamilton says his podium finish in Montreal has renewed confidence in his car

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Lewis Hamilton says his podium finish in Montreal has renewed confidence in his car

Lewis Hamilton says his podium finish in Montreal has renewed confidence in his car

“That driver pair are so strong, unbelievable, but make no mistake, Lewis passionately hates ever finishing second to a teammate, so he will be ultra motivated and push hard internally.

“The [Mercedes] car in the race was really decent. I loved how George made progress right from the start and passed car after car in the switchbacks.

“I think they are making progress, but there is still a way to go to Ferrari and Red Bull. They cannot win at Silverstone, they are still too far away.”

George Russell was happy with the pace of his Mercedes in Montreal, but says they haven't fully resolved their porpoises yet

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George Russell was happy with the pace of his Mercedes in Montreal, but says they haven’t fully resolved their porpoises yet

George Russell was happy with the pace of his Mercedes in Montreal, but says they haven’t fully resolved their porpoises yet

Hamilton finished behind race winner Max Verstappen and second-placed Carlos Sainz in Canada, while championship leader and reigning world champion Verstappen fended off a late challenge from Ferrari man Sainz after a safety car despite being on aging tyres.

Verstappen is now toasting back-to-back race wins after triumphing in Azerbaijan a week earlier.

Does Sainz have what it takes to become world champion?

Rosberg said: “It was some super impressive races for Max. He is so confident and rides at such an impressive level.

Sky F1's Ted Kravitz looks back on an exciting Canadian Grand Prix, won by Max Verstappen

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Sky F1’s Ted Kravitz looks back on an exciting Canadian Grand Prix, won by Max Verstappen

Sky F1’s Ted Kravitz looks back on an exciting Canadian Grand Prix, won by Max Verstappen

“He drove to perfection in difficult conditions in qualifying and Sainz’s pressure in the race is not to be underestimated.

“It’s a horrible feeling in the car. You’ve done everything perfectly and then the safety car suddenly has the Ferrari behind you in a triple DRS zone that exerts so much pressure.”

“If you make the slightest mistake, he’s through, but Max succeeded perfectly.

“Sainz has what it takes to be a good, decent driver within Ferrari, but at the moment he doesn’t have what it takes to become a world champion. In terms of performance, Charles Leclerc has surpassed him every race this year.

“He still needs to make quite some progress, which comes as a surprise after last year. Of course the car is completely different, so maybe it will take him more time to get everything under control.”

Verstappen extended his lead at the top of the drivers' standings after resisting late pressure from Carlos Sainz to win the Canadian Grand Prix

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Verstappen extended his lead at the top of the drivers’ standings after resisting late pressure from Carlos Sainz to win the Canadian Grand Prix

Verstappen extended his lead at the top of the drivers’ standings after resisting late pressure from Carlos Sainz to win the Canadian Grand Prix

Rosberg: Alonso more than deserves his seat

Alpine’s Fernando Alonso started the race second after securing his front row start in 10 years, but eventually finished ninth after technical difficulties and, according to Rosberg, a questionable strategy from his team.

Still, the 40-year-old now has four top-10s in a row and Rosberg has shaken off any thought that the two-time world champion is taking a younger driver’s seat.

Rosberg said of the Spaniard, who won his titles with Renault in 2005 and 2006: “I am a big fan of Alonso at the moment. We all know that he is one of the best of all time in terms of talent and skill.

“He sometimes lacked that social competence – he often struggled to be in the best teams with the best cars. They didn’t really want him anymore because of burning bridges in the past.

Rosberg says there should be no discussion Fernando Alonso deserves his F1 seat

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Rosberg says there should be no discussion Fernando Alonso deserves his F1 seat

Rosberg says there should be no discussion Fernando Alonso deserves his F1 seat

“That was definitely one of his weaknesses when it comes to getting even better results, but talent wise he is definitely one of the best of all time or right on top.

“For him to still ride like that is just so cool. I was so gutted for him [in Canada]“I wanted him to be on the podium. I think Alpine made a small mistake, they could have made a jump in the pit lane.

“He drives so great that there should be no discussion about him taking someone’s seat. He more than deserves to be where he is.

“It’s super spectacular the way he rides, the fans all over the world love him and he’s a great asset to the Alpine team.”

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