‘Important to understand your limitations,’ George Russell looks forward to a challenging 2022 season

George Russell will drive for Mercedes in the 2022 season, alongside Lewis Hamilton.

George Russell
George Russell

George Russell is all set to become a Mercedes driver this season, as he will drive alongside Lewis Hamilton. The young Briton drove for Williams for the past three seasons, before being given a full time Mercedes contract. In a recent interview, recently promoted George Russell has mentioned his concerns over Mercedes having to improve with its brand new car for the 2022 season-the W13 challenger.

The Toto Wolff led team will be looking forward to have a clinical 2022 season with them taking the double championship after recently having Lewis Hamilton lose to Max Verstappen in a thrilling last race at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Before the Dutchman’s maiden championship win at Abu Dhabi, Hamilton had all championship wins to his name since 2014(except 2016) since the initiation of the turbo-hybrid engines in the season of 2014.

The forthcoming Formula One season of 2022 will mark a new era for the sport with newly implemented technical regulations, new changes concerning the aerodynamics. All 10 teams will need to adjust with these changes to maximize their chances of having a successful season ahead.

The Bahrain Grand Prix weekend marks the start of the 2022 Formula One season with all 10 teams pushing to be the fastest from the very beginning of the season to make impact for a greater season ahead. However, newly promoted Mercedes-AMG Petronas British driver George Russell has emphasized that possessing the ability to develop the machinery throughout the season will pave the way for a successful season.

What are George Russell’s thoughts ahead of the 2022 season?

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George Russell trying out seat testing in Hamilton’s 2021 car

“The first impressions of the W13 have been interesting,” he said in a video posted on Mercedes’ social media handles.

“It is a very different car to the previous era and the characteristics of how the downforce is produced is completely different so we are still learning as we are going.”

“There are still a huge amount of improvements to be made to bring everything together to make it as nice as possible to drive, which I foresee a lot of people being in the same boat because we are just learning so much day after day, whether it is in the wind tunnel or in the simulator,” Russell added.

“I think it is going to be a year of development. Everybody will want to go into the first race with the fastest car possible but what will be more important is understanding what your limitations are and how you are going to improve from those limitations to build the best foundations possible,” the Brit continued.

Mercedes is going to be the 7th team to unveil their new W13 at their livery launch on February 18, Friday at Silverstone. This unveiling will be just in time for pre-season testing which starts on February 23.

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