Ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix, George Russell says Mercedes’ target is “to be the highest points-scoring team of the second half of the season”.
“I absolutely share that confidence,” the Briton said.
“It’s based on the fact that we have been making a huge amount of progress.
“We are also going to be bringing more performance to the car in the coming races, which is really exciting, and I think we learned a lot in the last few races prior to the summer break.
“So, it’s really kind of inspiring to see how the team has pulled together in the tough moments at the start of this year and seeing how we’ve closed that gap.
“I think there’s plenty more to come and we’re giving it everything.”
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Mercedes is currently 20 points behind second-placed Ferrari in the Constructors’ Championship standings, and Russell believes his team can overtake the Italian team by the end of the season.
“We are in a position now that we can fight for probably second in both championships.
“Obviously, we go in with a fighting spirit and we want to win every single race and we want to win the championship.
“Being realistic, Red Bull and Max are doing an exceptional job and they are a long way ahead of everyone else.
“But I guess we want to be the highest points-scoring team of the second half of the season. That’s got to be our target.
“The championship’s been very open this season and second in both is really not far away,” Russell concluded.