Mercedes’ Encouraging Form Continues
Mercedes is currently experiencing a positive period of form, with Lewis Hamilton finishing in second place in the last two races. However, his disqualification from the United States GP has dampened the team’s recent success.
Similarities to Last Year’s Promising Performance
This recent form from Mercedes bears resemblance to their performance last year, where they showed great promise in the same races. Notably, George Russell secured victory in the Brazilian GP.
Caution Over Mercedes’ Ultimate Potential
Despite the team’s momentum in 2022, Mercedes has faced challenges in developing their current W14 car. As a result, there is some caution surrounding the team’s potential with their new 2024 design.
Russell’s Confidence in Mercedes’ Progress
George Russell, however, believes that Mercedes is in a much better position compared to 12 months ago. The team has learned from their mistakes with the design of their 2023 car, instilling confidence for the future.
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George Russell, Mercedes-AMG
A Different Approach to Car Improvements
Russell’s confidence stems from the team’s changed approach to processing the car’s improvements. With 12 more months of information and direction, Mercedes has successfully implemented changes that have yielded positive results.
“We have been more thorough in evaluating every decision for 2024,” Russell explained. “Last season, the car was far from where we wanted it to be, and we rushed into some decisions without proper testing and analysis of the consequences.”
“This year, we have focused on a clear direction and extensively tested our process. With two years of experience, I believe and hope that we won’t be caught off guard next year. It doesn’t guarantee the fastest car, but it means we won’t stumble at the first hurdle.”
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George Russell, Mercedes F1 W14
Unfortunate Events Mask Russell’s Potential
Although Russell hasn’t experienced the same level of improvement as his teammate Lewis Hamilton, he believes his potential has been hindered by various issues in recent races.
From the need to save fuel in the United States Grand Prix to problems with brake overheating in Mexico, Russell has faced limitations that have prevented him from showcasing his true potential.
“The last few races have been challenging due to different reasons,” Russell explained. “But I know that without these issues, the pace would be there. It’s just been a couple of unfortunate events. So I’m looking forward to this weekend in Brazil.”