Though Mercedes recovered from a disappointing qualifying to safe a primary double podium of the season in France, George Russell has urged the workforce to cease experimenting.
That, although, he concedes it isn’t straightforward given the workforce continues to be attempting to know the W13.
Mercedes arrived on the Paul Ricard circuit believing they have been in with a shot on the race win.
These hopes have been quashed in qualifying when Lewis Hamilton, regardless of being P4, was ninth-tenths off the tempo with Russell an additional four-tenths down.
The workforce recovered positions, however not efficiency, within the grand prix with Hamilton bringing his W13 house in second place, Russell becoming a member of him on the rostrum in third.
They have been, nevertheless, not in rivalry for the win with Max Verstappen taking that by a cushty margin of 10 seconds.
Russell believes Mercedes are hurting their very own possibilities by doing too many experiments earlier within the race weekends.
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“Once you’re thus far off the tempo, you need to strive the whole lot in your automobile to attempt to shut the hole,” mentioned Russell.
“And perhaps that’s a lesson for us, that we have to nearly give attention to ourselves and actually give attention to attempting to get essentially the most out of the automobile fairly than experimenting an excessive amount of.
“However we have to experiment at this second to see what does work and what doesn’t work. It’s a little bit bit difficult in the mean time.”
This weekend, operating updates for the W13, Mercedes’ experiments concerned rear wings with Hamilton’s follow trials proving futile as the best downforce wing produced an excessive amount of drag and the thin model price them within the corners.
Russell continues to be assured that regardless of the hole in qualifying, Mercedes exhibiting within the grand prix proves they’re on target.
“There’s positively optimism as a result of we really feel like we do have a course to maintain chipping away at and we do suppose that we’ll make good progress,” he added.
“Qualifying is the day the place you’ve that clearest tempo comparability to your rivals and it’s clearly a bit troublesome once we see how far we have been from pole.
“However the race is the place we have to decide. We do have a quicker automobile than we’ve achieved on common this season.”
Mercedes stay third within the Constructors’ Championship with 270 factors, 126 behind runaway championship leaders Crimson Bull.