George Russell is optimistic: There is truly a light at the end of the tunnel

"We are in a much stronger position than this time last year"

by Sead Dedovic
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George Russell is optimistic: There is truly a light at the end of the tunnel
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George Russell was a guest on F1's Beyond the Grid podcast. He made a comparison between 2022 and 2023. Despite Mercedes' poor performance this season and its low rating, Russell is incredibly optimistic and sees progress in his team.

This perspective driver sees the 'light at the end of the tunnel' Whether this is really realistic optimism or not, remains to be seen. “I think [2022] was obviously a very strange year within the team, especially the first six months because we found ourselves in a position that they hadn’t been used to for eight years.

Struggling to understand the car, lots of limitations, being knocked out in Q2s. Whereas now things are clearer, the foundations are fully set in stone. There is truly a light at the end of the tunnel and that’s what gives us motivation."- Russell said, as quoted by gpfans.com!

On the other hand, Russell is aware that his team is not able to find the right solution for now. Although in certain moments it seemed as if Mercedes would finally return to where it belongs, it turned out that they still needed some time.

"We need to make huge gains [to catch Red Bull]. We have been a bit back and forth with our development. We took one step forward, two steps back with a number of updates we brought, especially last year. We are definitely getting our hands wrapped around this limitation”.

George Russell: We are in a much stronger position than this time last year

George confirmed that they are now in a better situation than last year. “I’m not going to sit here and over promise anything. I can confidently say we are in a much stronger position than this time last year, [in terms of] the direction we are taking for the following year’s car”.

In spite of Russell's confidence, Russell remains cautious, believing their rivals will also be devoted to their work. “That gives me confidence but you can never underestimate your competitors. We have no idea of the gains that Red Bull, Ferrari, McLaren and Aston Martin [will make].

We’ve seen some huge leaps. Maybe next year Williams are going to be up there, they’ve [been] performing really well. All you can do is focus on yourself”.

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