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George Russell

Russell assesses Mercedes' chances of winning a race before end of 2022

Mercedes looked to be at their most competitive level of the 2022 F1 season over the Mexican Grand Prix weekend, but were unable to claim a victory. George Russell has been weighing up the team's prospects for the final two races of the campaign.

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George Russell has been assessing Mercedes' chances of claiming a win during the final two races of the 2022 F1 season.

After struggling to match the pace of Red Bull and Ferrari throughout much of the year, the Silver Arrows looked to be at their most competitive yet over the Mexican Grand Prix weekend.

George Russell and Lewis Hamilton qualified in P2 and P3 respectively, but neither was able to challenge Max Verstappen for the win, with Hamilton going on to take P2 in the race while Russell finished in P4.

Despite this, Russell is hopeful that the team can still enjoy a good level of performance at the upcoming Brazilian Grand Prix.

Russell reflects on Mercedes' win chances

When asked whether Mercedes still have a chance to win during the last two Grands Prix of the campaign, Russell acknowledged that the squad's fortunes have varied from race to race.

"We've shown between these two race weekends [in the United States and Mexico], there was quite a fluctuation in performance," the Briton told Sky Sports F1.

"I feel like we probably had the fastest car this weekend [in Mexico] and, had we been on the same strategy as Red Bull, we probably could have fought with them.

"Probably Brazil will be halfway between the two [levels of performance]. Realistically, it's going to probably be quite difficult to finish ahead of Red Bull at any races this year.

"But Ferrari, I think we definitely can beat."

Can Mercedes beat Ferrari to P2 in Constructors' Championship?

Mercedes' performance in Mexico – coupled with Ferrari's struggles at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez – enabled the team to close the gap to the Scuderia in their Constructors' Championship battle for P2, with the deficit now at 40 points.

The Silver Arrows' team boss, Toto Wolff, is cautiously optimistic about their prospects in the final two races of 2022.

"Be careful [not] to jump to quick assumptions; they [Ferrari] clearly weren't fast this weekend, but it was also – on our simulations – our best weekend," Wolff explained.

"Let's see what happens in Brazil. Finishing second would be great for all our people, and a win would still be fantastic. Also [it] would demonstrate that the car is fast."

Also interesting:

Video: F1 pit-stops under two seconds are allowed (and THIS is why)

At the Mexico City Grand Prix, McLaren became the first team to complete a sub-two second pit-stop since the introduction of the new F1 pit-stop regulations, changing all four tyres on Daniel Ricciardo's car in 1.98 seconds.

So how did the team do this, and what changes have been made to F1's pit-stop procedure in the last couple of years?

F1 2022 Brazilian Grand Prix RN365 News dossier

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