George Russell has mirrored on Mercedes' begin to the 2022 F1 season, with the Briton and his group holding a shock second place within the two championship tables.
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George Russell has marked out a transparent optimistic as Mercedes work by their early-season issues, praising the group for maximising the outcomes obtainable to them over the primary three rounds.
By their very own admission, Mercedes are the third-fastest outfit – behind Ferrari and Pink Bull – beneath F1’s guidelines reset, leaving them with a significant activity to increase their run of eight successive world titles.
Regardless of this, Russell finds himself second within the Drivers’ standings with a string of stable factors finishes, capped off by a podium in Australia, whereas Mercedes maintain the identical place within the Constructors’ battle.
It comes after a spate of retirements for the Pink Bull group, and a uncommon DNF for Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz in Australia, with Russell and teammate Lewis Hamilton usually able to pounce and take full benefit.
Russell "pleasantly shocked" with P2 within the F1 standings
Whereas he’s 34 factors behind runaway chief Charles Leclerc, and the group 39 factors adrift of Ferrari, Russell has taken optimism from Mercedes’ skill to rack up factors and preserve themselves within the combat.
“[I’m] pleasantly shocked to be P2 within the championship,” Russell instructed media, together with RacingNews365.com, having additionally taken fourth and fifth in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia respectively.
“It is credit score to the group for giving us to this point a really dependable automotive, and we have got to be there on the finish to capitalise from these outcomes – it is positively not based mostly on tempo.
“However I feel it has been a good begin to the season by way of how we have managed to optimise our lack of efficiency. I feel each race we have carried out, we have really maximised the consequence attainable.
“I do not assume we may have achieved the next consequence at any of the circuits as a group, and that’s, I suppose, a silver lining.”
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Nonetheless, Russell has performed down speak of main Mercedes upgrades – and a subsequent leap ahead – as F1 arrives at Imola for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.
“Sadly, there’s nothing substantial within the pipeline anytime quickly,” Russell made clear.
“It isn’t gonna occur in a single day. It is gonna take various races. I feel there will be little issues, there will be incremental steps, however we recognise that our rivals are gonna be doing the identical.
“It is probably not clear to the skin world that we have made progress, as a result of Ferrari and Pink Bull are gonna be making progress as properly.”
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