George Russell has named the US Grand Prix because the probably race the place Mercedes may break their victory duck for the 12 months.
Sixteen races into the 2022 marketing campaign the eight-time consecutive Constructors’ champions stay winless, though they’re much nearer to that elusive P1 than originally of the season.
The W13 automobile has been a relentless supply of difficulties for Mercedes, who didn’t grasp their design for the brand new rules in addition to Purple Bull or Ferrari.
However issues are getting higher and both Russell or Lewis Hamilton has completed second for Mercedes in three of the final 5 grands prix, with at the very least one of many duo standing on the rostrum at seven of the most recent eight races.
Subsequent step is clearly a win, though Max Verstappen has created a monopoly on these with 5 in succession to race 116 factors clear and shut in on retaining the Drivers’ title.
There are six extra alternatives for Mercedes to triumph – and for Hamilton to keep away from going by a complete marketing campaign with out tasting success for the primary time in his 16-year Formulation 1 profession.
Requested to call the monitor that gives their finest alternative, Russell informed reporters: “[I’m] not too certain, there’s no stand-outs that actually spring to thoughts.
“Singapore could possibly be attention-grabbing, however traditionally it’s a circuit the place Mercedes have struggled a bit of bit and we all know at avenue circuits this 12 months we haven’t fared so properly.
“I’d most likely say perhaps Austin. I feel Austin could possibly be a circuit that fits us higher, however I actually don’t know.”
P3. Thanks Monza. 🇮🇹 pic.twitter.com/RSTRLIOeCK
— George Russell (@GeorgeRussell63) September 11, 2022
How will George Russell mirror on his debut season for Mercedes?
No matter occurs between now and the chequered flag falling in Abu Dhabi on November 20, Russell can afford to really feel totally glad with what he has contributed to the Silver Arrows’ trigger.
The 24-year-old Briton has compiled a remarkably constant report of ending within the high 5 at each race aside from the time he made his one vital error, crashing out of his dwelling grand prix on the opening nook.
He’s additionally 35 factors forward of Hamilton within the Drivers’ standings and whereas that isn’t essentially essentially the most correct gauge of their respective performances over the season, with the seven-time former World Champion having had his share of dangerous luck within the earlier a part of the marketing campaign, it’s nonetheless a beneficial feather in Russell’s cap.
The subsequent step for him is to complement that consistency together with his maiden victory and given the strong progress each Russell and Mercedes are making, we would definitely not wager towards it occurring earlier than the top of 2022 – be it at Austin or elsewhere.
Learn extra: How Formulation 1 has modified since its final go to to Singapore in 2019