George Russell: “Everyone is working flat out to get Mercedes back on top“

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George Russell says “this season is going to be won or lost midway-to-end of the season, not in the first five races”.

While the Mercedes W14 is definitely a step up from its troubled predecessor, there’s no denying that its performance in 2023 Pre-Season Testing was not completely what Mercedes had hoped for – if the team’s statements are to be taken at face value (sandbagging is always a possibility).

In a statement made during the final day of testing, George Russell said the W14 is not yet where it needs to be in terms of performance, however, he believes it can get there in time to be able to challenge for the title.

“I think we have got to go in with a bit of an open mind,” the Briton said.

“I don’t want to sit here and say Mercedes is back because that is totally unfair and from what we have seen, Red Bull is very, very strong.


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“What I can say is I have got the best team in the business and everyone is working flat out to get Mercedes back on top.”

“When you look at the calendar as a whole, I think we have only got five races in the first two and a half, three months whereas at the end of the season you have probably got 10 or 11 in the same time span.

“So this season is going to be won or lost midway-to-end of the season, not in the first five races.

“As much as we want to go out there and win in Bahrain next weekend, we know that it is more important that we have the right car in the right window come race six, because that is when the big points are going to be won,” Russell concluded.

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