At the start of the 2022 season, the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team not only had a new driver line-up but also the new F1 car. We saw them struggle to get the pace, concept, and progress desired, but that has changed in the last few races before the summer break. During the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend, we were witnesses to George Russell’s first-ever pole position, which led to a final P3 for him and P2 for teammate Lewis Hamilton.
During the post-race press conference, they were asked if they were confident enough in the current concept to continue for the rest of the season and going into the next year, to which Russell replied that he thinks it is something to keep their minds open to.
“I think we need to just continue to keep an open mind. I don't think changing car concept is going to make us go any faster, maybe the contrary to be honest. Sometimes you just got to stick to the process and keep on pushing. And that's difficult to do when you're off the pace and things don't seem to be going your way,” George explained.
“But personally, I believe in every single person within our team, and I think we're making huge progress for the time being and you know, we saw with the job we did yesterday, you saw with the pace that both of us showed today, I think at the start of the season we were finishing races a minute behind first position.
“The last two races we’ve been within 10 seconds so I think it's definitely going in the right direction.”
Teammate Lewis Hamilton agreed and declared he had nothing else to add to that answer.
The increase in pace and point-awarding places has been due to different variants, which include but is not exclusive to the current concept of the W13. Mercedes has got a great deal of people working towards the same goal: keep developing and getting to work with a championship-winning car, a fact that they have been familiar with in the past.