Mercedes chief delivers Lewis Hamilton and George Russell promise as pleasure builds | F1 | Sport

Mercedes technical director Mike Elliott has promised an thrilling second half to the season for Lewis Hamilton and George Russell. Mercedes have seen enormous enhancements on the monitor in current weeks and Elliott says that may solely proceed after the summer time break.

Hamilton and Russell completed second and third within the final race earlier than the break in Budapest. They fought again from a tough observe session on the Friday and Russell earned his first pole, and Mercedes’ first of 2022.

Hamilton has now claimed a podium end in every of the final 5 races, and Russell three of the final 5 he has accomplished. However Elliott insists there’s nonetheless extra to come back from Mercedes.

“We have extra coming,” Elliott mentioned in Mercedes’ post-race debrief. “We’re making an attempt to deliver some efficiency to Spa.

“That may hopefully shut that hole. We have not bought far to go now. However we’ll preserve growing the automotive for a short time now.

“We’re fairly excited although, the previous few races have been probably the most enjoyable we have had all yr, and we’re simply hoping we will take that additional step as a result of we positively need to be successful races within the close to future. So we’re working arduous to attempt to obtain that.”

Hamilton and Russell had an excessive amount of pace for the Ferrari duo of Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc final weekend. And that’s what satisfies Elliot probably the most in regards to the outcome.

He added: “This final one was significantly satisfying as a result of we weren’t counting on the misfortune of anybody dropping out with a reliability downside. The automotive tempo was additionally excellent, and it is all the time good to have race earlier than you go into that interval of vacation.

“Probably the most satisfying factor although is to see the place the automotive is now by way of tempo now in qualifying, within the race. We had quite a lot of floor to make up from the beginning of the yr.

“We have been working arduous making an attempt to deliver bits to each race, and it’s actually satisfying now to see that we’re racing with the Ferraris and Crimson Bulls proper on the entrance.” The F1 season will recommence on the ultimate weekend of August on the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa.

Hamilton has gained 4 occasions at Spa, the final of which was in 2020. Russell completed second on the circuit final season whereas driving for Williams.

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