Four races in, we’re seeing surprising results. In Bahrain, Lewis enjoyed P3 while George got P4. For Jeddah, it was a balancing act. Russell took P5 and Hamilton closed out P10. Down Under, roles reversed with George finishing in P3 and Lewis in P4. Recently at Imola, Russell had P4 and Hamilton hoped for better but placed P13. Despite tough times from floor and tyre issues, the Brits remain determined.
Mercedes CEO and Team Principal, Toto Wolff expressed,
“Yes, I’m very impressed with how [George has] settled in, how professionally and analytically he helps to assess the situation. The combination is one of the very few highlights I have at the moment on our journey – how well the two of them work together, with no friction; on the contrary, [they’re] very productive and positive for the team. And I couldn’t be happier with the driver line-up.“
The Brackley-based team are driven to get the W13 cars and power units on par with the competition.
Wolff said, “Well, you know in a way I have to protect him here. It’s not his low. It’s the low of the car performance. We know that he is a seven-time world champion. He caught up last year, him and us the team caught up and nearly fought for the championship. The guy is the best driver in the world, and he’s just not having a machine and equipment underneath him to be able to execute… In a way I think it’s irrelevant if you come in eighth or 12th or 15th, it doesn’t matter; it’s all bad. But the real stars recover.”
At present, George Russell is fourth with 49 points. He’s the only driver to finish in the top 5 in every race this season so far. Lewis Hamilton is seventh with 28 points in the driver standings. Meanwhile, Mercedes is third, 47 points behind Ferrari with 77 points in the constructor standings.
Next up, we see the Silver Arrows head to Miami during the weekend of 06-08 May.