Russell comments on ‘radical’ change at Mercedes in 2023

Russell comments on ‘radical’ change at Mercedes in 2023
Russell comments on ‘radical’ change at Mercedes in 2023

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With no championship in sight for Mercedes this Formula 1 season, the Germans are already eyeing a return to the top in 2023. So the team is considering options for the next car. Rumor has it, by the way, that they could keep it without the sidepods in the new design.

In this sense, George Russell admits that they do not rule out any change. “I think nothing is off the table. We certainly have a very unique setup with the sidepods. It is not impossible, therefore, that we continue with this design; but neither is it impossible for us to completely change the philosophy”, said the Mercedes F1 driver.

“But ultimately, there’s more to it than the sidepods. I think we already understand exactly why on some Formula 1 circuits, like Zandvoort or Budapest, we were competitive and, moreover, why on circuits like Monza or Spa we don’t compete. So anyway, we’re not going to solve the problems overnight.”

Team boss Toto Wolff has explained several times this season that engineers could not understand why the car was up to two seconds slower than Red Bull at times.

Mercedes is still looking for a win in this Formula 1 campaign; Russell won only podiums

Indeed, although Mercedes has improved throughout the F1 season, the year is still bad for the team that has won the last eight Constructors’ Championships. After the domination, it was not expected that the Silver Arrows would only be the third best team of the year; much less that they had not, at this point, won even a test.

Now Mercedes have just six races left to put a win on their tally – something that would extend the record for straight seasons in Formula 1 with at least one win.

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