As a result of price range cap, George Russell says Mercedes can solely improve the W13 when they’re certain it will likely be efficient.
The Silver Arrows have didn’t match the main tempo of Ferrari and Pink Bull throughout the opening two rounds of the season and whereas they had been quicker than the midfield in race trim on the Bahrain and Saudi Arabian Grands Prix, the indicators haven’t been promising in any respect up to now in Australia.
Neither Mercedes driver cracked the highest 10 within the second apply session on Friday, whereas Russell has revealed the staff haven’t introduced an improve to the Australian Grand Prix.
And Russell defined the $140m value cap performs a significant function in figuring out when an improve arrives, for the staff can’t afford to maintain throwing components on the automotive to seek out out what works and what doesn’t.
“We’re a good distance behind Ferrari and Pink Bull,” mentioned Russell, quoted by the Method 1 web site.
“I feel we had been in all probability additional behind them in Jeddah [than in Bahrain] and we perceive why. However clearly after I suppose we had issues optimised, or extra optimised in Bahrain, we had been nonetheless half a second, six tenths behind.
“So we have to clearly shut that hole, however there’s nothing substantial this weekend that can do this. It can take time and I feel we simply must be disciplined and affected person as a result of we’re up to now behind and due to the price cap, we will’t afford simply to throw issues at it and trial and error at race weekends.
“We have to belief the method and produce the upgrades when we’ve complete religion and confidence they may do as we anticipate. In order that might be a lot of races earlier than we begin seeing that.”
Lewis Hamilton confirmed Mercedes didn’t convey any upgrades for the W13 to Albert Park, however hopes that with 4 DRS zones lively across the redesigned circuit he’ll be capable of get entangled in some racing motion.
“Finally we’ve not introduced any upgrades,” mentioned the seven-time former World Champion.
“The automotive is identical automotive usually because the final race, however with each little race we make a small enchancment and I hope it simply feels a bit higher right here. Plus we’ve the 4 DRS zones. I’m simply hoping we will race tougher right here.”