Although Mercedes have got off to their worst start in a season for nine years and look well short of competing for the title, Russell, in his first year with the team is currently ahead of the seven-time world champion in the standings following positive early results.
The 24-year-old stands fourth in the world championship and is the only driver on the grid to have started the season with four consecutive top five finishes following his fourth place finish at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix last time out.
George Russell (right) has so far impressed in his intra-team battle with Lewis Hamilton
The duo have teamed at Mercedes for the first time this year after Russell's move from Williams
Hamilton by contrast endured a nightmare at Imola finishing well outside of the points in 13th having been stuck in lower-field traffic for much of