LEWIS HAMILTON finished 13th in the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix as Mercedes problems continued.
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Lewis Hamilton ‘has to admit’ that George Russell is the ‘better driver’ at this stage after the rookie’s ‘better start to the season’, according to Ralf Schumacher. The German claimed Hamilton ‘has to ask himself why Russell is faster’ than him despite being the junior driver.
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Schumacher has warned there could be ‘changes in the ranking’ of the drivers over the coming weeks as the team looks to capitalise on its title chances. Mercedes usually gives both drivers equal footing until a championship charge is realistically over but with the team struggling for pace, Russell could soon become the main man.
Speaking to Sky Germany, Schumacher said: “He has to ask himself why George Russell is so much faster than him. A 13th place is of course not Hamilton’s ambition. He has to admit to himself that Russell is the better driver right now.
“If this continues in the next few weeks, it will be exciting in the team. There could be changes in the ranking.” The former Williams man currently lies fourth in the drivers’ standings and just 37 points behind Charles Leclerc after a string of points finishes.
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Lewis Hamilton has to realise Russell is the better driver, warns Schumacher
He is the only driver on the grid to finish in the top five four successive time this season. Meanwhile, Hamilton is languishing down in seventh with 21 points fewer than his new team-mate
The 37-year-old has now scored meaningful points in just two races this season but has benefited from Red Bull retirements each time. Picking up no points in Imola was matched with a 10th-place finish and just one point in Saudi Arabia.
After the weekend’s race, Hamilton effectively wrote off any bid to secure his eighth crown this season.