Regardless of their gradual begin to 2022, George Russell says Mercedes know there’s a answer – so they’re excited slightly than annoyed.
Mercedes completed System 1’s earlier period atop the pile, having received the Constructors’ Championship for the eighth season in succession, however the brand new rules have put that streak very a lot in peril.
Purple Bull got here out of the blocks nonetheless preventing on the prime however Mercedes’ place has been taken by Ferrari, leaving Mercedes narrowly forward of the midfield however unable to maintain up with the main duo.
It will be comprehensible then if the morale throughout the Mercedes workforce was beginning to undergo, however Russell defined that has not been the case.
The workforce very a lot imagine there’s efficiency to extract within the W13, they usually know what they should do to get it.
Russell stated that with this aim to purpose for, there’s a starvation within the Mercedes camp to search out the important thing and unlock the W13’s true potential.
Requested if frustration was beginning to set in at Mercedes, Russell replied, as quoted by the System 1 web site: “Extra optimism and pleasure, to be sincere, as a result of we imagine there’s a answer and we imagine there’s a whole lot of lap time on the desk as soon as we optimise that.
“So we aren’t scratching our heads [in] not understanding why we’re off the tempo.
“We completely know why we’re off the tempo and we all know what we have to work on to enhance that, and having that information, that understanding of what the problems are, and having the assumption that we will remedy it’s fairly an thrilling place to be, as a result of it provides us all one thing to go at.”
In fact, Russell says Mercedes are totally conscious their rivals is not going to stand nonetheless both in terms of growth.
So within the meantime, Mercedes should play the lengthy sport, beginning with the Australian Grand Prix the place they hope to stay the third quickest workforce behind Ferrari and Purple Bull.
“We admire our rivals shall be repeatedly enhancing,” Russell continued.
“And even when we enhance, there’s no cause why they received’t be enhancing as effectively. So it’ll take time, for positive.
“There’s [no upgrade this weekend] that may actually put us within the struggle with these guys.
“We’ve simply acquired to ensure we maximise our consequence which is, as a workforce, being the third quickest workforce, ensuring not one of the midfield vehicles sneak in between us and simply gathering these factors whereas we will. And this would be the case for quite a lot of races to return.”