'Not a nice experience' for Hamilton watching Russell drive his car - Wolff
Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff can understand the anguish Lewis Hamilton is likely going through in missing the first grand prix of his Formula 1 career.
After a record 265 consecutive race starts from his debut in Australia in 2007, the seven-time champion is sitting out the Sakhir GP after contracting Covid-19.
It has led to Mercedes drafting in protégé George Russell from Williams, with the 22-year-old so far proving he is worthy of a future drive with the team after qualifying just 0.026secs behind Valtteri Bottas to claim a front-row place.
Assessing how Hamilton will manage not being involved in a race for the first time, Wolff said: "He’s a very competitive person and a racing driver wants to be in his car and not see anybody else driving it.
"So I don’t know how he is going to organise his weekend but certainly it's not an experience that is nice for any professional sportsperson."
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