George Russell says he believes Mercedes is “definitely going to be in a much stronger position from race one next year”.
Mercedes has endured a difficult 2022 season, mostly due to their troubled car. In a talk with BBC Radio Norfolk, George Russell said the problems are now behind them.
“They haven’t forgotten how to build a fast race car,” the Briton said.
“We just got it wrong this year. We got the philosophy wrong. We went down a route which turned out to be the wrong route.
“Sometimes it takes you a long time to dig yourself out of that hole. Now I feel we’ve dug ourselves out of that hole and we’re building on top of that.
“We are a step behind Red Bull and Ferrari and we’ve got a lot of catching up to do, but we’re definitely going to be in a much stronger position from race one next year than we were this year.”
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While George is naturally disappointed that he was not able to fight for the championship in 2022, he hopes that “these struggles are going to set us up for the coming years”.
“When you join a team like Mercedes you’re expecting victories. I felt ready to fight for race wins and championships this year but you’ve just got to manage your expectations.
“You’ve got to change those sights slightly and it’s been really intriguing for me this year, seeing how the team deal with this situation.
“I’m here for the long haul and even though I wanted victories and [to be] fighting for that championship in 2022, as a team these struggles are going to set us up for the coming years.
“I hope I look back in 10 years’ time and say the 2022 season was a positive one in the journey,” Russell concluded.