Hungary pole justifies religion in Mercedes F1 automotive idea

Mercedes struggled to compete with front-runners Pink Bull and Ferrari via the primary half of the 2022 season as a result of a recurring bouncing drawback with the W13 automotive.

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 team-mate Lewis Hamilton into the highest three in France and Hungary.

In Hungary, Russell scored his maiden F1 pole place and lead the early a part of the race, earlier than in the end ending third behind Pink Bull race-winner Max Verstappen and runner-up Hamilton.

Requested by Autosport if the current enchancment in type was sufficient to justify sticking with the present automotive idea for the remainder of the 12 months, Russell mentioned he doubted a change would have a huge effect.

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“I do not suppose altering automotive idea goes to make us go any sooner, possibly the opposite to be trustworthy,” Russell mentioned after the race in Hungary.

“Typically you’ve simply obtained to stay to the method and carry on pushing.

“And that is tough to do while you’re off the tempo and issues are not going your approach. However personally, I consider in each single particular person inside our workforce, and I believe we’re making enormous progress in the meanwhile.

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

Photograph by: Steve Etherington / Motorsport Pictures

“We noticed with the job we did [in qualifying], you noticed with the tempo that each of us confirmed [in the race].

“Firstly of the season we had been ending races a minute behind first place. The final two races we’ve been inside 10 seconds, so I believe it is undoubtedly entering into the proper course.”

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

The workforce has beforehand mentioned it doubted ditching the idea would change its stage of competitiveness this 12 months, though it’s “combos of various ideas” for subsequent 12 months.

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Mercedes F1 chief Toto Wolff felt the follow struggles the workforce confronted in France and Hungary had helped it discover the proper course with the automotive, permitting it to be extra aggressive.

“It was a tough weekend total, as a result of the struggling of Friday [in Hungary] was simply huge after we did not actually know which course to have a look at,” Wolff mentioned.

“Perhaps getting it so unsuitable on Friday was useful in getting it very proper, virtually utterly proper, on Sunday.

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

Extra reporting by Matt Kew

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