George Russell says “development is going to be so key” in 2022

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George Russell believes the pecking order could change in the 2022 Formula 1 season, so “development is going to be so key”.

Ahead of 2022, a season in which George Russell will make his full-time Mercedes debut, the young Briton warned that the pecking order might be different than it was in previous years.

“A team like Ferrari, who have been through a difficult period over the last two years, are going to be so hungry, especially with the new rule changes, to come back fighting,” Russell said.

“Similar with McLaren as well. These teams have got the infrastructure, they’ve got the talent within the engineering departments, within the drivers as well, to really, really fight.

“I truly believe there are probably five teams all capable of really doing something special next year, so you’ve got to be absolutely on it.”

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Taking this into consideration, the Briton says the teams will have to focus on developing their car throughout the season.

“I think the development is going to be so key next year. It’s not going to be whoever has the fastest race, or Barcelona test or Bahrain race.

“It’s whoever manages to understand their car well, and can develop and build from those foundations throughout the year.

“And I think all of the teams are going to make big progress from race one to the end of the season,” Russell concluded.

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