RACE DEBRIEF

    George Russell has earmarked United States Grand Prix venue the Circuit of The Americas as the most likely place Mercedes could finally claim a victory in 2022, with the team pushing to return to winning ways before the season is out.

    Mercedes are without a win this season after enduring a difficult start to F1’s technical regulation reset, which has so far seen Red Bull and Ferrari share the spoils at the front of the field.

    With six races remaining, time is running out for the Silver Arrows to break their 2022 duck – the team’s next opportunity coming at the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore.

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    Asked for his thoughts on where a victory might be possible during the final stages of the season, Russell said: “[I’m] not too sure; there’s no stand-outs that really spring to mind.

    “Singapore could be interesting, but historically it’s a circuit where Mercedes have struggled a little bit, and we know at street circuits this year we haven’t fared so well.”

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    Russell has been a regular visitor to the podium in 2022, despite Mercedes’s early issues

    Getting as close to a prediction as he dared, Russell added: “I’d probably say maybe Austin; I think Austin could be a circuit that suits us better – but I truly don’t know.”

    Nonetheless, the Briton is excited about the rate of development Mercedes have shown so far this season as the team edge closer to pace-setters Red Bull and Ferrari.

    “I think as a team we’re making a huge amount of progress at the moment and [we’re] understanding the car more and more,” said Russell, who claimed his seventh podium finish of the season at the Italian Grand Prix, and his fourth in five races.

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    “Hopefully as we develop the car further, we can take some further gains.”

    Mercedes have triumphed at least once in every F1 campaign since 2012, while they averaged almost 14 wins a season from the start of the turbo-hybrid era in 2014 through 2021.