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today is Dec 02, 2021

In the round-up: Fernando Alonso predicts Lewis Hamilton will have a tougher fight on his hands with his new team mate next year.

In brief

Russell “more challenging” than Bottas for Hamilton

George Russell will replace Valtteri Bottas in Mercedes’ driver line-up for the 2022 F1 season. Hamilton will find him a tougher team mate than his predecessor, said Alonso, but his championship chances will depend on “the Mercedes car and the performance.”

“For sure I think he showed his talent in many occasions already, his speed,” said Alonso. “Even last year when he jumped in the Mercedes in Bahrain he was close to the first win. So for sure he is going to be more challenging for Lewis than Valtteri.

“But I think it will be down to Mercedes to provide them a good car and I think he is ready to take the challenge. So it will be interesting to watch for sure.”

Max Verstappen gave a similar assessment of Hamilton’s new team mate last month, saying Russell “will make it very difficult for Lewis”.

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