Hamilton ‘kept morale high in Mercedes’ tough moments’ – Russell | RaceFans Round-up


In the round-up: Russell praises the impact of his team mate in his first year at Mercedes and the F3 grid grows.

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Hamilton’s team impact praised by Russell

George Russell has heaped praise on team mate Lewis Hamilton as he summarised how his first season at Mercedes went.

In an interview put out by the team, Russell was asked about the working relationship relationship he had established with Hamilton.

“The relationship has been harmonious,” he said. “What impressed me the most with Lewis is seeing how he works with the team, how he gets the most out of the people around him, how he continues to keep morale high when moments are tough and ultimately what I already knew is how damn fast he is and how much of a challenge it is being teammates with a guy like him.”

After an eight-year run of titles, Mercedes sank to third in the constructors’ standings this year. They were the only team to score points in every race, but were off the podium in eight out of 22 grands prix. Russell delivered the team’s only win at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Hunter Yeany moves teams in FIA F3

Hunter Yeany has signed with Carlin for the 2023 FIA Formula 3 season, as he aims to contest his first full season in the series.

The 17-year-old American had a strong rookie year in car racing, winning the United States Formula 4 championship and starring in two winter series, but endured a tricky 2021 as he stepped up to Formula Regional and Formula 3.

He did two rounds of the 2021 F3 season with Charouz Racing System, and six events in 2022 with Campos Racing but had to miss more than a third of the season after breaking his wrist in a race.

Alonso protege moves up the single-seater ladder

ART Grand Prix have announced Nikola Tsolov as one of their FIA F3 drivers for 2023.

The Bulgarian made his single-seater racing debut this year in the Spanish F4 championship, winning 13 races and the title. Tsolov raced as an Alpine Academy affiliate, and his move up to F3 should making him a full-blown F1 junior with Alpine.

His career is also supported by Fernando Alonso, who started managing him this year and previously had his ‘FA Racing’ branding adorn Tsolov’s overalls through his highly successful kart career.

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