“I thought I would have won the race now”

"I thought I would have won the race now"

Did he picture the beginning of his career at Mercedes differently? George Russell certainly does not want to go that far, but the Briton admits that this season he has already assumed that after seven races the team is already on the highest step on the podium.

Not that a podium was out of Russell’s reach, by the way, as the Briton finished third in Australia and Spain. He, Mercedes and teammate Lewis Hamilton (who has only podiumed once this year) couldn’t do more. This is due to problems with the Mercedes W13, which lacks speed and was particularly affected in the first handful of races graduation (bounce, bounce).

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“If you had told me before this season that I wasn’t going to win a race after seven races, I would definitely have been disappointed,” Russell said. Motorsports Week To understand that his expectations beforehand were somewhat higher. But he immediately admits: “Given the pace of the car and where we are as a team, I’m very happy with the results.”

“I think we got the most out of it,” he even dares to say. “At least I can name a few races where we could have done better.” However, Russell remains ambitious, and already wants to fight for victories and the title with contemporaries Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc, but knows that this is not possible at the moment.

“As a team, we just have to keep pushing, while I also have to keep pushing,” he asserts. After seven major trophies, Russell is definitely fourth in the World Cup, behind Verstappen, Leclerc and Verstappen’s Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez, but well ahead of Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz. Russell 84 points, Hamilton 50 points and he is sixth.

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