Russell fears it could take months for Mercedes to be competitive again

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  • Rookie and Lewis Hamilton off the pace in opening rounds
  • ‘It’s going to be more of the same in the coming races’

George Russell has warned that he and his teammate, Lewis Hamilton, have no chance of fighting for the Formula One title unless Mercedes drastically improves, speculating it could take up to eight races for them to be competitive at the front of the grid.

Russell and Hamilton finished fifth and 10th respectively at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix on Sunday, which was won by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc finishing second. Mercedes were almost one second a lap off the pace of the leaders during parts of the race, with Hamilton, the seven-time champion, reduced to scrapping for a point with Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll.

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Written by Giles Richards
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2022/mar/28/russell-fears-it-could-take-months-for-mercedes-to-be-competitive-again under the title “Russell fears it could take months for Mercedes to be competitive again”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.