Mercedes secured their first victory of the 2022 season at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, with George Russell taking his maiden win in Formula One, followed closely by teammate Lewis Hamilton in second place. While fans are celebrating the team’s success, there have been questions about the challenges of managing two “alpha drivers.” Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff addressed these concerns in an interview with Sky F1.
“Hamilton got pushed out, but he came back. They are both alpha drivers, which is good,” Wolff said, acknowledging the skill and competitiveness of both drivers. “We don’t want a puppy in the car. We will manage this as good as we can.”
Wolff went on to explain the benefits of having two alpha drivers on the team, saying, “They push each other, which is good to see. They work well together. You can see similar levels between Hamilton and Russell.”
Wolff also praised Russell for his impressive win, saying, “He had the win on his hands in Bahrain a few years ago, now he drove it home. He had the pace, and he withstood the pressure at the end.”
Fans of Formula One are eagerly awaiting the next race to see if Russell and Hamilton can continue to work together effectively and lead Mercedes to more victories in the 2022 season.