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George Russell weighs in on Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc title fight


George Russell and team-mate Lewis Hamilton finished third and second, respectively, at the Circuit Paul Ricard, marking the first time both drivers have podiumed as partners. The Mercedes newcomer is only slightly younger than Verstappen and Leclerc (all 24), and the Briton is enthralled by the close competition between his peers.

Russell told BBC Sport he’s “enjoyed seeing the dynamic” between Verstappen and Leclerc unfold this season as the two former karting rivals reach the top of their game. He described Leclerc as “an extraordinary driver” despite his crash in France on Sunday and was confident in the Monegasque’s ability to bounce back.

As for Red Bull ace Verstappen, Russell appeared a lot more forthright in his praise of the reigning titleholder: “There is no doubt that Max is incredibly solid and doing an exceptional job and he’s raising the bar.”

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Hamilton, 37, has also improved and closed to with 16 points of his Mercedes comrade after crossing the line second in Le Castellet. The seven-time champion has finished third or better in his last four starts, having gone seven races without a podium prior to that.

While it’s true Ferrari have made major strides with their design this term, a combined seven retirements between Leclerc and comrade Carlos Sainz have stunted their success. Red Bull boss Christian Horner has lauded Verstappen’s improved maturity which, combined with a winning machine in the RB18, could lead to a second straight F1 title.



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