Following its eighth consecutive F1 constructors’ championship victory final 12 months, Mercedes has struggled to compete on the very entrance of the pack up to now this season beneath the revised technical laws.
Russell and teammate Lewis Hamilton’s efforts have been blighted by a unbroken porpoising concern on the Mercedes W13 automotive, leaving the marque a step behind Ferrari and Pink Bull for outright efficiency.
Regardless of the struggles, Russell has completed inside the highest 5 at each single race, and picked up his third podium of the season in Azerbaijan final weekend.
The British driver capitalised on a double DNF for Ferrari that eradicated each pole-sitter Charles Leclerc and teammate Carlos Sainz, permitting him to complete third behind the 2 Pink Bull automobiles.
The outcome implies that Russell sits simply 17 factors shy of title contender Leclerc within the championship, however he careworn the significance of discovering extra efficiency to correctly compete with the lead automobiles.
“This can be a championship the place you have acquired the possibility to attain each single race, and it would not matter how briskly your automotive is, when you’re not scoring these factors, then your tally shouldn’t be going to extend,” Russell stated after the race in Baku.
“So, nice work from all people again on the factories to ship a dependable automotive, however we won’t carry on counting on others’ misfortune, and we have to discover extra efficiency.
“That is what everybody’s attempting their hardest to attain.”
George Russell, Mercedes-AMG, third place, arrives on the rostrum
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Russell and Hamilton appeared to take pleasure in an uplift in kind on the Spanish Grand Prix when a significant replace package deal from Mercedes eased the porpoising concern.
However on the streets of each Monaco and Baku, the staff as soon as once more discovered itself combating the bouncing, to the extent that staff boss Toto Wolff echoed his drivers’ security considerations.
Russell stated the W13 automotive had “been feeling OK to drive” in Azerbaijan and it felt well-balanced, however the porpoising remained a limiting issue.
“The problem is simply the bottoming, to be trustworthy,” Russell stated.
“I feel it doesn’t matter what boat you are in, both you’ve acquired the porpoising and also you’re hitting the bottom, and if you do not have porpoising, you are working the automotive millimetres to the bottom, and also you’re bottoming out.
“[I’m] feeling it on the again for the time being. However nonetheless, we have got to maintain on working laborious to seek out extra efficiency and perceive what we have to do to unlock that.
“I do not assume we’ll have any main updates or something to strive in Canada, however possibly for Silverstone, we’ll have a greater thought.”