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Brits in F1: Lewis Hamilton, Lando Norris & George Russell

All three British drivers finished in the top eight of the drivers' standings in the 2023 F1 season, but they will all be hoping to provide more of a challenge to world champion Max Verstappen in 2024.

All eyes will be on Lewis Hamilton in his final season for Mercedes before he joins Ferrari for the 2025 campaign, but his English team-mate George Russell will want to show he is up to the task of leading the team after his compatriot departs.

McLaren's Lando Norris is also expected to have a strong season in the much-improved McLaren, who came on strong in the second half of 2023 after a slow start to the year.

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes remained well off the pace of the leading cars in the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix with Lewis Hamilton leading his teammate George Russell home in P6 and P7.

It was Hamilton's joint-best finish of the season following the eight points he amassed in Miami two weeks prior, though there was growing frustration in the Mercedes camp after their latest batch of upgrades made little difference to the performance of the W15.

Seven-time world champion Hamilton finds himself in eighth position in the World Drivers' Championship and is already facing an uphill battle to make up ground on the Championship frontrunners.

Lando Norris

Fresh from his maiden win in Miami a fortnight ago, Lando Norris continued his impressive form as he pushed Max Verstappen all the way to the line at Imola.

The Briton finished just 0.7 seconds behind the race winner and provided further evidence that McLaren have now established themselves as consistent challengers at the front of the grid.

Norris remains in fourth, 12 points behind Charles Leclerc in second and 48 points ahead of his teammate Oscar Piastri, who lies in sixth.

This year, Norris signed a new long-term contract with McLaren, to keep him at the English outfit beyond 2026, with the team continuing to improve the car and with the young Brit continually mixing it with the top drivers, he likely won't have to wait as long for his second win as he did his first.

George Russell

After a disappointing 2023 on both a personal level and a team level, Russell has experienced somewhat of a resurgence at the start of this season, even if his Mercedes package is of a hindrance.

The 26-year-old recorded back-to-back seventh-placed finishes in China and Japan, following this up by finishing eighth in Miami and was seventh once again at Imola, even if strategy cost him a position.

He remains seventh in the drivers championship, nine points above teammate Lewis Hamilton.

Russell has had an edge over Hamilton so far this season, and his current position in the championship is perhaps the best Mercedes expected to be, with their well documented struggles compared to the successes of Red Bull, Ferrari and McLaren.

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