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Russell sets Mercedes' targets for 2022 season run-in

George Russell insists that second place in the 2022 Drivers' or Constructors' Championship is of little significance to him.

George Russell has played down the importance of finishing second in either of the championships, despite he and Mercedes being within striking distance of the runners-up spots. In an impressive first season at Mercedes, Russell has been a consistent performer, taking seven podiums and one Pole Position in 2022, despite struggles with the Mercedes W13. It has kept the Briton within 16 points of second-placed Charles Leclerc with six races of the season to go. When asked if he is aiming for second place in the Drivers' Championship, Russell insisted that his preference would be for one-off race wins, rather than a P2 championship position. "I don't think it means a huge amount to be honest," Russell told media, including RacingNews365.com . "Nobody remembers who finishes second in the championship. "If we have the choice between winning a race this year and finishing outside the top three, or winning no races and finishing second, I would choose the race wins."

Russell: We'll still aim to beat Ferrari

Despite their performance issues in 2022, Mercedes have emerged as one of the most consistent teams on F1 grid. Their reliability, infrequent driver errors and recovering pace have helped them to numerous podium finishes. Assisted by a turbulent season for Ferrari, third-placed Mercedes are just 35 points behind Ferrari in the Constructors' Championship, something which Russell is aiming to overcome in the final races of the year. "We would take it [P2 in the Constructors' Championship], obviously we're going to try and beat Ferrari in the championship," added Russell. "But for me, I’m here to win and unfortunately that’s a bit out of reach, in terms of the championship.”

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