Hungary pole justifies religion in Mercedes F1 automobile idea

Mercedes struggled to compete with front-runners Purple Bull and Ferrari via the primary half of the 2022 season resulting from a recurring bouncing downside with the W13 automobile.

But it surely has lately loved an uplift in type, ending on the rostrum in every of the final six races, in addition to getting each Russell and teammate Lewis Hamilton into the highest three in France and Hungary.

The Hungary weekend noticed Russell rating his maiden F1 pole place and lead the early a part of the race, earlier than in the end ending third behind Purple Bull’s Max Verstappen and Hamilton in P2.

Requested by Motorsport.com if the current enchancment in type was sufficient to justify sticking with the present automobile idea for the remainder of the yr, Russell stated he doubted a change would have a big impact.

“I do not assume altering automobile idea goes to make us go any sooner, perhaps the opposite to be sincere,” Russell stated after the race in Hungary. “Typically you’ve simply acquired to stay to the method and carry on pushing.

“And that is troublesome to do once you’re off the tempo and issues aren’t going your approach. However personally, I consider in each single individual inside our workforce, and I feel we’re making big progress in the meanwhile.

“We noticed with the job we did [in qualifying], you noticed with the tempo that each of us confirmed [in the race]. I feel firstly of the season we have been ending races a minute behind first place. The final two races we’ve been inside 10 seconds.

“So I feel it is positively moving into the best path.”

George Russell, Mercedes-AMG, talks to a colleague in the team's garage

George Russell, Mercedes-AMG, talks to a colleague within the workforce’s storage

Picture by: Steve Etherington / Motorsport Pictures

Whereas many groups have opted to change automobile idea and observe both Purple Bull or Ferrari’s method, Mercedes has caught with its slim sidepod design that turned heads in pre-season testing.

The workforce has beforehand stated it doubted ditching the idea would change its stage of competitiveness this yr, though it’s taking a look at “mixtures of various ideas” for subsequent yr.

Mercedes F1 chief Toto Wolff felt the observe struggles the workforce confronted in France and Hungary had helped it discover the best path with the automobile, permitting it to be extra aggressive.

“It was a troublesome weekend general, as a result of the struggling of Friday [in Hungary] was simply massive after we did not actually know which path to have a look at,” Wolff stated. “Perhaps getting it so flawed on Friday was useful in getting it very proper, nearly utterly proper, on Sunday.

“We’ve got numerous knowledge to have a look at, numerous positives from the final weekend in France and right here [in Hungary] and to construct on for the second half of the season.”

Further reporting by Matt Kew

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