George Russell is happy with Mercedes’ progress despite “disappointment” at not winning the race

George Russell is ahead of Lewis Hamilton in the standings. (Photo by Marco Canoniero/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Mercedes driver George Russell says he’s “pleased” with the progress his team has made this year, although he’s “disappointed” he hasn’t been able to fight for race wins so far in 2022.

The Kings Lynn native, Russell, joined the Silver Arrows earlier this year after spending three seasons with bottom-bottomed Williams team and has consistently impressed with consistent performances and strong results that have seen him finish in the top five in all seven opening rounds of the season brought. No other driver can match this record.

Mercedes have been the fastest team in F1 every season since 2014 but have not been able to contend for race wins so far this season as they fell behind leaders Red Bull and Ferrari after F1 made its biggest rule change in a generation over the course of the winter break had experienced .

Both Hamilton and Russell are struggling with the W13 car, which has improved in recent races but suffered from severe porpoise early in the season, causing it to bounce violently on straights.

Russell finished ahead of Hamilton again last time out at the Monaco Grand Prix, coming home fifth, while Hamilton was only eighth behind the defensively stubborn Fernando Alonso.

The 24-year-old is now two places and 34 points clear of the seven-time world champion in the drivers’ standings and says Mercedes’ progress since the upgrades to the car ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix gives him hope for the future.

“I think if you had told me before the season that we were going to do seven races and I didn’t have a win to my name, I would definitely have been a bit disappointed,” explained Russell. “But I think given the pace of the car and given where we were as a team, I was pretty happy with my performance. I think the results have been maximized.”

“I don’t see many races where we could have done better, but we definitely have room for improvement. You always strive for more when you understand the car better, the tires better. And, you know, I want to fight for that championship. We have to compete against people like Max [Verstappen] at Red Bull and of course Charles [Leclerc] is currently doing an extremely good job at Ferrari. But as a team we just have to keep pushing – I personally have to keep pushing. So, more to come.’

“We have learned a lot and we can put that to good use in the coming weeks to take another step forward. In total, [P5 was] a decent result and I am confident that we have stronger days ahead of us.”

The eighth round of the 2022 F1 season takes place this weekend in Baku, Azerbaijan.

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