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“It’s removed from actuality” – George Russell defensive over Mercedes being a “failure” in F1 2023 | F1

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Mercedes sit second within the constructors’ championship after 12 rounds in F1 2023, 51 factors forward of Aston Martin.

Regardless of their P2 place, they’ve not been capable of problem Crimson Bull in any respect for race victories.

Crimson Bull are presently invincible – successful 12 out of 12 – with Max Verstappen successful the final eight in a row.

Talking forward of this weekend’s Dutch Grand Prix, Russell conceded it’s not the place Mercedes need to be however was eager to level out it’s not been a complete failure.

“As a workforce we’ve gone from power to power,” he mentioned. “There have been loads of expectations of us, going into the season. Maybe that’s why persons are calling our season a little bit of a failure. In fact, it’s removed from the place we would like it to be, as a result of we need to be combating for championships. 

“However to name P2 within the championship, 50 factors forward of P3, a failure? It’s removed from a actuality. We all know that we’ve bought quite a bit to enhance. Within the second half of the season, hopefully we may be there to choose up any items. 

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“You by no means know. Final yr we had the mentality that Singapore can be our solely alternative to win. 

“Once we didn’t win there was disappointment and no expectation going into Brazil, however we got here away with the victory there.”

Whereas Mercedes sit comfortably second, they’ve usually not had the second-fastest automotive.

Aston Martin had been Crimson Bull’s nearest challengers constantly within the first eight races, whereas Ferrari and McLaren have sporadically took that title.

“It’s shut between us, Aston Martin, Ferrari and McLaren,” he added. “We’re constantly there combating between the second and third quickest groups. 

“Our workforce have accomplished a tremendous job to maximise factors. 

“I’m not going to say we’re the second quickest workforce, however we’re in a powerful place to safe P2.”

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