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Mercedes issue 'optimistic' update after Austrian GP win

Mercedes returned to the top step of the podium last weekend in Austria with George Russell benefitting from late-track drama between Max Verstappen and Lando Norris.

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Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has stated he is “optimistic” over Mercedes' future in Formula 1 following its victory at the Austrian Grand Prix.

George Russell took to the top step of the podium as he capitalised on a collision between Max Verstappen and Lando Norris.

The pair came together while fighting for the lead at the Red Bull Ring, allowing Russell to slip through to secure his second career victory.

Switching its attention to the British Grand Prix, Wolff is hopeful it can enjoy another strong on-track performance.

“We head to Silverstone encouraged by our weekend in Austria,” Wolff said. “We capitalised on the opportunities that presented themselves to claim victory. 

“We were running an honest third on track, not too far behind the leading duo. When they tangled, we were there to take advantage. That is due to the hard work of everyone at Brackley and Brixworth over the recent months. 

“Our incremental gains have brought us closer to the front and turned us into regular podium contenders. Everyone is focused on maintaining that positive trajectory and getting ourselves into the fight for victories on a regular basis. We are optimistic that we can achieve this. 

“There is a great energy and momentum within the team and last weekend's result only adds to that.”

Mercedes eying another podium

Mercedes' form has improved after a lacklustre start to the campaign saw it labelled as the fourth-fastest team in the field.

However, it has bagged a trio of podiums at the last three rounds, with Wolff hopeful its British line-up can please at home during the upcoming weekend with another trip to the rostrum.

“Turning to this weekend, Silverstone is something of a home race for our team, being close to both our technical centres in Brackley and Brixworth,” Wolff said.

“It is always fantastic to see our factory-based team members in the grandstands. I'm sure the British fans will also be out in force cheering on the team, and both Lewis and George; the atmosphere each and every year is exceptional. 

“On track, the battle at the front is tight. We will have to be at our best to challenge for the podium once again. 

“That is our aim, though, and we are excited for the challenge.”

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