Mercedes’ George Russell has Red Bull and Ferrari worry as Silver Arrows try to close gap

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MERCEDES stars George Russell and Lewis Hamilton have endured a irritating begin to the season.

Mercedes' George Russell has Red Bull and Ferrari worry as Silver Arrows try to close gap

Mercedes star George Russell fears enhancements from Pink Bull and Ferrari (Picture: GETTY)

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Mercedes star George Russell believes he and Lewis Hamilton can combat again within the race for the 2022 world championship however fears that fixed enchancment from Pink Bull and Ferrari may show an excessive amount of of a problem. Russell and Hamilton have endured a troublesome begin to the brand new marketing campaign because of efficiency points with the W13.

Each Mercedes drivers have lacked tempo within the first two Grands Prix of the season, in Bahrain and in Saudi Arabia. Hamilton got here third within the season opener however trailed behind in tenth within the latter, whereas Russell has completed fourth and fifth respectively. 

Russell, who re-joined Mercedes from Williams at first of the yr, believes he and seven-times world champion Hamilton can battle again. Nonetheless, he fears Pink Bull and Ferrari – who’ve dominated in 2022 – will proceed to make enhancements. 

“We have to be in nearly harm limitation mode in the meanwhile, choose up the items, when there’s a chance, do not throw away pointless factors, though it could simply be for fifth or sixth or hopefully, a bit increased, and ensure we have been inside touching distance all the time,” the 24-year-old advised journalists. 

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Mercedes' George Russell has Red Bull and Ferrari worry as Silver Arrows try to close gap

Mercedes icon Lewis Hamilton is hoping to win a file eighth world championship (Picture: GETTY)

“Then, hopefully, when the automotive does enhance, we will come again combating. It is a very lengthy season, I feel we have all received confidence that if we do issues proper, there is not any cause why we won’t shut the hole and probably overtake [the top two teams].

“However we equally admire and recognise that Ferrari and Pink Bull will repeatedly enhance as properly. So, we may shut up by six-tenths [but] there’s no cause why they cannot lengthen by one other six-tenths as properly.”

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Mercedes' George Russell has Red Bull and Ferrari worry as Silver Arrows try to close gap

Max Verstappen received the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix (Picture: GETTY)

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz completed first and second in Bahrain. Pink Bull’s Max Verstappen received an exhilarating battle with Leclerc to win in Saudi Arabia – his first Grand Prix success since beating Hamilton to the 2021 world championship. 

Russell has pressured that there’s greater than sufficient time for Mercedes to catch up, although, including: “I feel in Formulation One, issues change extremely shortly. We’re very lucky that the calendar shouldn’t be very dense at first of this season. Even when it is a few months, we’re solely six or seven races down and out of a 23-race season.

“Even in the event you come out the blocks extremely quick after the summer season break, at the same time as Mercedes and Lewis did final yr, you are still in with a shot.”

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