George Russell has claimed ending second finest to Max Verstappen on this yr’s F1 drivers’ championship could be meaningless and not using a race victory.
Russell has delivered fantastically on his maiden marketing campaign with Mercedes, scoring seven podiums, together with six third locations and a runner-up spot to Verstappen within the Dutch Grand Prix.
At current, Russell lies fourth within the drivers’ standings, simply 16 factors adrift of second-placed Charles Leclerc whose title problem to Verstappen has pale.
Mercedes, nevertheless, has but to win a race this season, which is the first concern for Russell, quite than ending better of the remaining behind the Pink Bull driver.
Requested whether or not second place within the drivers’ championship was motivating, Russell replied: “It doesn’t suggest an enormous quantity, to be sincere. We’re right here to win.
“No person remembers who finishes second within the championship, and for those who give me a selection between profitable a few races this yr and ending exterior the highest three, or profitable no races and ending second, I am going to select the race wins.
“We’ll take it. We’ll positively take it.
“For the workforce, clearly, we’re going to attempt to beat Ferrari within the championship, however for me, I am right here to win and, sadly, that is a bit out of attain by way of a championship.”
Austin finest hope for Russell and Mercedes?
As to the place the potential for that win may come from, with six races remaining in Singapore, Suzuka, Austin, Mexico Metropolis, São Paulo and Abu Dhabi, Russell feels the Circuit of the Americas could provide one of the best alternative.
“There is no standout I’d say that actually springs to thoughts,” assessed Russell.
“Singapore might be attention-grabbing, however traditionally it’s a circuit the place Mercedes has struggled slightly bit, and we all know that on the road circuits this yr we’ve not fared so effectively.
“As a workforce, we’re making an enormous quantity of progress for the time being and we’re understanding the automobile an increasing number of, and hopefully as we develop the automobile additional, we will make some additional good points.
“I would most likely say possibly Austin. Austin might be a circuit that fits us, however I really don’t know.”