Not even World Cup leader Max Verstappen and his rival Charles Leclerc can offer these statistics.

George Russell is the only driver in the field to have scored points in all nine grands prix this year while always finishing in the top five.

The 24-year-old Englishman is in fourth place overall with 111 points, and if Mercedes finally got the hang of it at their home race in Silverstone this Sunday (4 p.m. in the FAZ live ticker for Formula 1 and on Sky), then Russell could even do it still competing for the world title.

He is 64 points short of Verstappen.

Two-time winner Leclerc has just 15 points more than Russell.

Internal comparison of leadership

After three years of apprenticeship at Williams, George Russell has finally reached his goal.

The jewel from the Mercedes junior program sits in a Mercedes.

But now, of all times, this Mercedes is not a winning car.

Russell admits he would have been disappointed if he had been told ahead of the season that a third into the season he was still waiting for his first GP win.

But the 1.85 meter man learned to accept facts at Williams.

“You have to take the positive with you.

If you want to be world champion one day, you can't let disappointment weigh you down because it will affect the next race.

There is no point in dreaming about another car.

In the end I have to drive this car and give my best performance.”

The performance is right on paper.

Russell leads in an internal comparison with Lewis Hamilton with 111:77 points and 5:4 after training duels.

The newcomer to the team has been on the podium three times, the record winner only twice.

It's been a long time since the seven-time world champion has been bothered by a team-mate.

In addition, one who is still a newcomer in this league.

Russell doesn't pay much attention to the numbers: "At the moment it doesn't matter which of us is in front.

Lewis and I have to work together to help the team make the car faster.

We're not here to finish fifth.

And that's the best place we can get at the moment if none of Red Bull and Ferrari fail."

In fact, the duel of Mercedes drivers is distorted by the fact that both are mostly sent into the race with different vehicle set-ups and sometimes even different configurations in the course of problem-solving.

In Montreal, Hamilton chose a smaller rear wing than his compatriot.

Most of the time, Hamilton's side of the garage took the riskier option in the experiments, which wasn't always the better choice.

"The different ways provide us with faster answers to our questions," the engineers justify the shared risk.

Psychological Advantage

Every now and then it bothers Hamilton when the young challenger drives around in front of him.

He complains about the strategy that supposedly put him at a disadvantage.

In fact, Russell just had better luck timing his pit stops because, like in Melbourne or Miami, they fell into a safety car phase.

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