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Lewis Hamilton issues verdict on 'leader' claims in Mercedes partnership with George Russell

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Mercedes team and stated both he and teammate George Russell work 'equally' in their bid to improve the team's fortunes. The eight-time consecutive Constructor's Champions have endured a woeful start to the 2022 season, with the new Formula One regulations proving to be a problem as Mercedes have struggled to solve their 'porpoising' issues.However, improvements in the team were shown in Barcelona where Russell secured his second podium finish of the season, while Hamilton rose to sixth after fighting back spectacularly from a first-lap puncture following a collision with Haas' Kevin Magnussen.Trailing teammate Russell by 28 points in the standings, Hamilton has been outperformed by his new colleague and has had to use his experience to help further the team - but he made it clear he doesn't feel as if he's the leader within the team.When Russell was asked at a press conference what qualities he saw in Hamilton as a leader, the seven-time world champion interjected and said: “Well, firstly, I wouldn’t say I’m the leader.

George and I work equally hard together, I would say, to help drive the team and row just as hard as everyone else in the team.“But through adversity and challenging times you always learn more about yourself, how you deal with things, how you reflect on things, how you are able to turn negatives into positives.

I wouldn’t say I’ve learned particularly much more, so I will say past experiences have helped during this phase. And I would say to just reassuring the strength I know I have mentally.“Also, just reassuring us I still love my job, I still love the challenge even if it’s not fighting for wins.

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