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Mercedes promised Russell equal status with Hamilton

George Russell says that Mercedes have promised he'll be treated equally to Lewis Hamilton and won't be a number two driver. It has now been confirmed that he'll partner Hamilton at the German team next season, replacing Valtteri Bottas who is joining Alfa Romeo. Since joining at the start of 2017, the Finn has very much played second fiddle to Hamilton, often having his own races compromised for the sake of the Brit. Russell is confident he won't have to play that role himself though, and says he has always been given assurances by the team. “I’m definitely going on level terms and that was made very clear to me,' he told reporters in Italy. 'Mercedes are always respectful in that...
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