George Russell has addressed rumours that he and Lewis Hamilton are no longer speaking after the Sakhir Grand Prix, saying ‘there’s no issues’ between the pair.
Rumours were swirling last week as Mercedes boss Toto Wolff admitted it wouldn’t be surprising if there was some hostility between Hamilton and Russell, however it would be due to the nature of the job.
Russell stepped in for Hamilton during the penultimate race of the 2021 season, and impressed as the world champion sat out the race with COVID-19.
On loan from Williams, the Mercedes junior qualified second fastest just behind his team-mate Valtteri Bottas, and managed to sweep past the Finn on the opening lap.
He was on course to win on debut, however due to a pitstop blunder, and a puncture, he had to settle with P9.
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after Bahrain, and no we didn’t speak as we wouldn’t speak after any other race.
“We are racing against each other, if we see each other in the paddock we would speak and we’ve seen each other this year, a little fist bump along the way and that’s been the same as it’s been since 2019, and last year before the Bahrain Grand Prix.
“My relationship towards Lewis is the same as a lot of the drivers up and down the paddock, which is completely fine.
“There are no hard feelings or no issues between myself and Lewis.”