George Russell finished third for Mercedes at the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday, with Lewis Hamilton in fourth. Russell is now second in the drivers standings after three races.
Mercedes’ impressive performance in the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix was praised by George Russell. He accepted where the team lacked and believes must keep pushing if this is to be the start of something following their early-season troubles.
“We were slower than McLaren and Alpine, Ferrari and Red Bull. Yet we’ve come away with P3 and P4, which is pretty mega.”
Russell’s 15 points moved him to second place in the drivers standings after three races. While he conceded it was surprising given the team’s issues in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia GP. The British racer is optimistic that there will be more to come moving them up to second in the Constructors Championship.
“It’s hard to believe, but this is a tournament based on results rather than on speed. We know we need to find more performance in the car if we want to keep that position. But it’ll take a long time! But, for now, let’s continue capitalizing”. He added ” We should be pleased with ourselves because we are currently in second place in both competitions. And this weekend we were the fifth-fastest team”
Russell feels Mercedes is fully aware of the areas in which the W13 has to improve, especially with the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix just two weeks away. He assures, though, that they will take a deliberate approach to resolving those difficulties, and he believes the 2022 car still has a lot of promise.
“We’ve got to go about the process analytically, we can’t do anything crazy,” Russell said. “We want results and performance, but if we do anything too drastic, we’re going to go backwards not forwards”
“It’s not going to happen overnight,” he added, “it’ll take a few races.” “I believe there will be small things, incremental advances, but we also recognize that our competitors will be doing the same, so it may not be obvious to the outside world that we’ve made progress because Ferrari and Red Bull will be doing the same.”