Mercedes “playing catch up” after “wrong decisions over the winter” – Russell
After a year of learning in 2022, Mercedes entered 2023 with greater optimism. They ended the year on a high note, winning the Sao Paulo Grand Prix and closing the gap to the top two teams. However, they had a difficult start in the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix, finishing as the fourth-fastest team. Since then, Mercedes has been making steady progress and currently sits comfortably in second place in the constructors’ championship. In an interview, Russell revealed that Mercedes is continuously gaining a better understanding of the car at each event, learning from their mistakes last year. They have been focusing on improving the car’s rear end stability and searching for more confidence to push during race weekends. They admire Red Bull’s ability to allow their drivers to push the car to the limit without fear of crashing or spinning out. Mercedes is working on making marginal gains in various areas to add up to significant lap time improvements.