Hamilton relentlessness will 'wear down' Russell – Coulthard

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Hamilton relentlessness will 'wear down' Russell – Coulthard

David Coulthard predicts that George Russell will get "worn down" by Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes, but insists the trial will ultimately help the young gun grow.

Russell will move from Williams to the Brackley squad next season, a break that many believe will lead to a changing of the guard at Mercedes.

But Coulthard notes that Russell has never had a competitive teammate to fend off during his three seasons at Williams where he has raced alongside Robert Kubica and current colleague Nicholas Latifi.

Speaking to Channel 4, Coulthard was asked whether the relationship between Hamilton and Russell will "kick off" next season.

"It will, absolutely," replied the 13-time Grand Prix winner. "It will be the making of George up against the driver of a couple of generations.

"This is where George Russell becomes the making of a future world champion. Because he hasn’t been pushed by any of his team-mates, it will be very different with Lewis.

"In the beginning, he will just be young and full of energy. He will be fresh and then he will get worn down by the relentlessness of Lewis, and that’s the point at which he will grow as a man."

At Monza recently, addressing the prospect of racing alongside Hamilton and the speculation that his rivalry with the seven-time world champion will generate some fireworks, Russell was confident that Hamilton and himself will race each other hard but always "respectfully".

"Throughout my junior careers there were a number of drivers who I was very close with on pace and very often very close with on track," Russell said.

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"There's no reason why there would be any falling outs or anything. I'm sure we're going to race each other respectfully, but hard as well at the same time, as Lewis and Valtteri have over the past five years.

"Lewis and I have got a really great relationship. We're at different stages of our careers and we have got one goal next year which is to develop the car and push it forward and make sure that we, as two drivers, give ourselves the best chance of having the fastest race car.

"The only way we're going to do that is by working together to develop that."

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GPDA's Wurz to talk to Hamilton and Verstappen

GPDA chairman Alex Wurz says he plans on talking to Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen about their run-in... The post GPDA's Wurz to talk to Hamilton and Verstappen appeared first on F1i.com.

GPDA's Wurz to talk to Hamilton and Verstappen

GPDA chairman Alex Wurz says he plans on talking to Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen about their run-in at Monza, but the German fears there will be more on-track clashes between the pair this season.

Verstappen and Hamilton will resume their fierce title battle this week in Sochi, with the Dutchman approaching the Russian Grand Prix weekend with a three-place grid penalty handed to him by the stewards for his involvement in the collision – the second of the season with his archrival.

Wurz, who governs the Grand Prix Drivers Association, believes both drivers "cracked under pressure" in Italy, and the former F1 driver plans on holding a conversation with F1's two protagonists who have "big chests and big racing egos".

"There will be a conversation, but you have to separate yourself from being in the car and making such decisions," Wurz told Sky Sports.

"They're only humans, and they were angry, both of them because of bad pit-stops and how the race unfolded, and you know you only have one opportunity.

"In this case maybe – to an extent – both cracked under this pressure and came together."

As the championship unfolds with Verstappen and Hamilton running neck-to-neck, Wurz believes its likely that more skirmishes will take place this season between the pair.

"I think [it's] very likely, to be honest," he commented. "Both have to mark their territory. That's sport.

"If you watch boxing, football, handball, whatever there is, when two greats are coming together, those things happen."

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Wurz insists the on-track brawls between the Red Bull and Mercedes stalwarts haven't eroded their mutual respect.

"Outside the car, I talk to both, and they talk to each other, and they have great respect for each other, which is really nice to see," he said.

"But on the other side, 'On the track, we are here to fight, we are here to win the Formula 1 World Championship'.

"It's one of the most prestigious titles you can have in the world of sport. They have to fight, it's part of the game, hopefully with the respect they need for their own team and their own results, and not only for each other.

"Because to finish first you have to finish, so they can't afford too many crashes."

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