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Mercedes driver George Russell has had a strong start to his career, but he's stated he want to 'raise his game' some more.
The 24-year-old has demonstrated immense consistency this season and has a 16-point advantage over Lewis Hamilton, a highly impressive feat after making the jump from Williams.
But the 7-time World Champion maintains the edge in race pace (taking four consecutive podiums) and has clawed back the early deficit to his teammate.
Russell has acknowledged this, and has told the BBC that he must improve:
“Going up against the greatest driver of all time, where do you set your expectations? It’s by no means a bad start to the season, but I would still like to raise my game a bit.
“If I’m performing against the very best in the sport – and I want to be the very best – I need to be at the top of my game every single week.
“I need to keep on improving. I need to look at my teammate and see if he’s consistently doing something better."
"There are certain little things that he is probably consistently better than I am, for the time being, that I want to improve on.”
Russell is now an established name in F1, having taken several podiums this year and is on track to becoming a race winner in the near future.
The Briton is aware of the sustained intensity required to match a driver of Hamilton’s calibre throughout the season and the need to improve on any areas of weakness.
With his teammate showing no signs of slowing down, Russell must continue progress if he is to keep holding his own against the sport’s most successful driver.
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