Russell hails Mercedes’ ‘large’ outcomes amid shock rise

Russell hails Mercedes' 'huge' results amid surprise rise

George Russell completed third for Mercedes within the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday, with Lewis Hamilton simply behind him in fourth. Russell now sits second within the Drivers’ Championship after three races

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Australian Grand Prix highlights from Albert Park, Melbourne

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Australian Grand Prix highlights from Albert Park, Melbourne

Australian Grand Prix highlights from Albert Park, Melbourne

George Russell has praised Mercedes’ robust outcomes on the Australian Grand Prix, however is aware of they need to preserve pushing if that is the beginning of one thing for the group after their struggles early within the season.

The 24-year-old completed third in Melbourne behind team-mate Lewis Hamilton in fourth, incomes 27 factors for Mercedes to take him to second within the constructors’ championship.

Russell’s 15 factors helped put him second within the drivers’ standings after three races as properly, and whereas he admitted that was sudden after the group’s difficulties in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, the British rider is hopeful there may be extra to return.

“Somebody instructed me and I did not consider them,” Russell mentioned. Sky Sports activities. “It is loopy to suppose, however it is a championship primarily based on outcomes and never essentially on pace.

“We all know if we wish to keep this place, we have to discover extra efficiency within the automobile…however it can take a whole lot of time. However, for now, let’s proceed to profit.

Sergio Perez beats George Russell to take third place at the Australian Grand Prix

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Sergio Perez beats George Russell to take third place on the Australian Grand Prix

Sergio Perez beats George Russell to take third place on the Australian Grand Prix

“We needs to be pleased with that as a result of we’re sitting second in each championships and this weekend we have been the fifth quickest group.

“We have been slower than McLaren, Alpine, Ferrari and Pink Bull, however we got here out with P3 and P4, that are fairly large.”

Russell thinks Mercedes is properly conscious of the areas it wants to enhance on the W13, with the primary European race of the 12 months on the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix simply two weeks away.

He insists, nonetheless, that they are going to take a scientific method to fixing these points and there’s no doubt that there’s nonetheless quite a bit to vow within the 2022 automobile.

Lewis Hamilton was pleased with Mercedes' lead over the weekend, with him and George Russell finishing fourth and third respectively.

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Lewis Hamilton was happy with Mercedes’ lead over the weekend, with him and George Russell ending fourth and third respectively.

Lewis Hamilton was happy with Mercedes’ lead over the weekend, with him and George Russell ending fourth and third respectively.

“We’ve got to begin the method analytically, we will not do something loopy,” Russell mentioned. “We wish outcomes and efficiency, but when we do something drastic, we are going to go backwards, not forwards.

“We’ve got to belief our group and the method and it’ll take a while, however we all know there may be a whole lot of potential within the automobile. We’re a bit chubby, we lack a bit little bit of downforce and we all know why – due to the porpoises.

“But when we are able to beat these two issues, there’s going to be a whole lot of lap time there.”

As Russell admitted, “there may be nothing substantial within the pipeline anytime quickly”.

“It will not occur in a single day, it can require quite a lot of races,” he added. “I believe there can be little issues, there can be incremental steps however we all know our opponents will do the identical so it will not be clear to the surface world that we’ve got made progress as a result of Ferrari and Pink Bull may also make progress.”