Russell confident Mercedes will have “a more complete car” in 2023

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George Russell says Mercedes has “a philosophy that we’re going to be trying to adopt in our development, and I’m very confident that is the correct one”.

Ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix, George Russell said Mercedes has settled on the design philosophy for their 2023 car.

“I’m confident that the direction we need to take is the correct one,” the Briton said.

“We have a philosophy that we’re going to be trying to adopt in our development, and I’m very confident that is the correct one.

“But equally, it doesn’t mean that we can necessarily achieve it. We have a target, and that is a massive positive in itself. As I said, we have a clear target we’re trying to chase.

“Now, can we achieve that? I have every confidence that we can. We obviously don’t know how much the other rivals are going to improve over this winter.

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“But I definitely have confidence that we will have a more complete car across the circuit ranges into 2023.”

George then revealed Mercedes has been successful in understanding what makes its 2022 car tick.

“It’s data-driven, to be honest. We’ve done a lot of analysis on the races we’ve been competitive, the races we’ve been slow, and trying to understand why that was.

“And I think we’ve managed to get quite a grasp on that, and understand why at certain circuits we were so much more competitive than others. We’ve only managed to learn that over the course of these races.

“That triple-header after the summer break was quite telling for us, with our performance swings between the low downforce and the high downforce circuits.”

However, he did not want to give more details on Mercedes’ 2023 design philosophy.

“I don’t want to go into too much detail, because it’s something that we worked very hard on to understand, and hopefully will give us an advantage into next year.

“So I don’t want to say anything that will potentially benefit our rivals. But at the end of the day, every single car is different.

“I have to say, I’ve mentioned a couple of times this year that I feel like we’ve understood our car, and we’re on the right track, but we have been set back with a couple of oddities that we weren’t expecting.

“But I think we’ve had enough races now that we’ve gone through so many different scenarios that I can’t really imagine there’s going to be another one that catches us by surprise.

“We’ve had the porpoising issues, we’ve had the ride issues, we’ve had the car touching the ground and damaging the floor issue.

“We’ve had so many different issues, and we believe now that we’ve got a direction that we need to head in.

“Hopefully, the lap time can come with it,” Russell concluded.

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