Russell’s verdict on best F1 driver out of Schumacher and Hamilton

Mercedes driver George Russell has snubbed Michael Schumacher when choosing the greatest Formula One driver of all-time, instead opting for teammate Lewis Hamilton.

Both Hamilton and Schumacher have won more world titles than anyone else, with the pair both tied on seven triumphs after the British driver was dramatically beaten to the title last season by Red Bull's Max Verstappen.

Hamilton's successes have come in a period of dominance for Mercedes, while Schumacher's triumphs came during the glory days of Ferrari's prime in the first part of the millennia. The pair are both widely-regarded among the greatest drivers in the long-established history of Formula One but choosing between them has been a difficult task for many fans.

However, Russell seems to have no such problems as he not-so-subtly dubbed Hamilton the greatest when discussing how he sees a potential battle with his Mercedes colleague.

"I think because we're at different stages of our career there's no hard feelings either way. From my side, 24-years-old going up against the greatest of all time, if he was to finish ahead of me I wouldn't like it but I'm going to cry and sulk about it.

"Equally from Lewis' side, he's achieved so much, he's a seven-time world champion and has got all the records, you see it sometimes where you have two drivers both at the same stage of their career, fighting.

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"There's no number one or number two at Mercedes but at the back of their minds, they're thinking about that stop leadership spot, whereas for both of us, there isn't that because Lewis has been here for so long.

"I'm the new kid within the team, I'm not going to go out there and try to be the leader of the team against the greatest of all time who has been here for 10 years."

Russell currently sits second in the Driver's Championship after three rounds of racing, holding a nine-point advantage over Hamilton.

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