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Russell: It’s very hard to win in F1 that’s why I love it

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Mercedes driver George Russell laid out his thoughts on the upcoming 2024 Formula 1 season ahead of a shakedown of the team’s new W15 E-Performance.

The 25-year-old Briton had a self-proclaimed “challenging season” in 2023, citing many “missed opportunities”. He wound up eighth in the Drivers’ Championship with a total of 175 points, 59 points behind veteran teammate Lewis Hamilton.

With Hamilton due to leave Mercedes for rival outfit Ferrari at the end of this year, the Brackley-based outfit are banking on Russell as their future star to win them races and Championships.

The British driver will therefore be hoping to move up the grid in 2024 with his team’s recently unveiled challenger, the Mercedes-AMG F1 W15 E-Performance. Sporting a striking black and silver livery eluding to previous Title-winning machinery, the 2024 car bears the hopes of team personnel and fans who expect a closing of the gap to the dominant duo of Max Verstappen and Oracle Red Bull Racing.

Mercedes pipped Ferrari to second in the 2023 F1 Constructors’ Championship in the last season, albeit far off the points haul of Red Bull. The team will be looking to go one better in the upcoming campaign. Hamilton has high hopes, pointing to a “more stable, more predictable car” with the W15. Russell seems to have similar thoughts to his seven-time World Champion teammate.

George: Everyone at Brackley and Brixworth is so focused on getting Mercedes to the top

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Ahead of the unveiling of the W15, Russell spoke about the challenges and rewards of his previous two years with Mercedes. He said: “We’ve learnt and grown as a team over the past two seasons. It’s not been plain sailing, but I truly believe the journey we’ve been on will make us stronger in the long run.

“The whole team has been working incredibly hard and we hope to have made a step with the W15,” said Russell who is confident that some of the issues present in last year’s car have been ironed out, and will make the W15 not only easier, but also quicker to drive.

He continued: “We made progress with some of the nastier characteristics of the W14 throughout last year. But we still had a narrow operating window and, once we were outside of that, the car was difficult to drive. If we can continue to widen the operating window of the car, that will provide confidence for us as drivers and from there, lap time is easier to find.”

The Briton ended by expressing gratitude towards the team back at the Mercedes factories in putting the W15 together in time for the start of the 2024 F1 World Championship. He stated: “F1 is an incredibly difficult sport. It’s very hard to win. And that’s why we love it.

“Every woman and man at Brackley and Brixworth is so focused on getting to the top. We continue with that focus and dedication into 2024 and I’m excited to see where that takes us.”

Russell drove the W15 around the Silverstone Circuit for a shakedown to get to grips with his new car earlier today. The next time we will see Russell and Mercedes on track will be for pre-season testing at the Bahrain International Circuit, commencing 21 February.