Mercedes F1 driver George Russell believes that the workforce has not forgotten find out how to design a championship-winning automobile, and that they merely took the incorrect strategy with the 2022 W13.
Regardless of ending fourth within the championship, Russell acknowledged that he’s not glad with the place and is targeted on profitable. The Briton stated:
“I’m right here to win. I’m actually excited for 2023. I’m nonetheless going to be attempting to enhance my driving, what I do on and off monitor, and hopefully we’ve received the automobile beneath us to battle for the championship.”
The 24-year-old additionally acknowledged that the workforce is presently a step behind Crimson Bull and Ferrari, however is assured that they’ll have the ability to sustain. George Russell stated:
“We’re a step behind Crimson Bull and Ferrari and we’ve received loads of catching as much as do – however we’re positively going to be in a a lot stronger place from race one.”
Mercedes struggled with the W13 all through the season, with technical director Andrew Shovlin even stating that it was “bordering on harmful” at some circuits. Mercedes needed to first resolve the porpoising challenge earlier than they may develop the automobile additional, which led to a tough first half of the season.
Nevertheless, the workforce improved vastly within the second half of the championship, with Shovlin crediting the drivers for his or her efforts in working collectively and sharing the workload.
George Russell additionally expressed his pleasure for the 2023 season and his perception that Mercedes can be in a a lot stronger place from the beginning of the race, saying:
“They haven’t forgotten find out how to construct a quick race automobile. We simply received it incorrect. We received the philosophy incorrect. We went down a route which turned out to be the incorrect route. Generally it takes you a very long time to dig your self out of that gap. Now I really feel we’ve dug ourselves out of that gap and we’re constructing on prime of that.”
George Russell feels privileged being teammates with Lewis Hamilton
George Russell, who beat Lewis Hamilton within the driver standings final season, additionally acknowledged that he’s “very privileged” to have the seven-time world champion as his teammate. The Briton stated:
“It takes a while everytime you be part of a brand new workforce, no matter who your team-mate is, to embed your self and acquire that belief and confidence inside the entire organisation. It’s been an excellent journey for me, being team-mates with him.”
Russell dubbed Hamilton “the best of all time.”
“He’s the best of all time so I’m in a really privileged place to go up instantly alongside him but additionally be taught from him.”
Along with the technical adjustments, the workforce can be stated to have made adjustments to its technique and strategy to racing. This features a renewed concentrate on information evaluation and simulation, in addition to a renewed emphasis on teamwork and communication between drivers and engineers.
George Russell has additionally been engaged on enhancing his expertise each on and off the monitor and is assured that these adjustments will result in a a lot stronger efficiency within the upcoming season.