If Mercedes’ progress is real, its drivers must improve | News World

Mercedes’ best performance and result of 2024 was swiftly followed by admissions from both its Formula 1 drivers that they did not do a good enough job.

George Russell and Lewis Hamilton finished third and fourth in a Canadian Grand Prix that Russell started from pole, led early on, and fought in the lead group throughout.

Hamilton was not in that picture for much of the race after only qualifying seventh due a late slump that continued a difficult run of Saturdays this season, but a blend of patience and strong pace nearly earned him a podium ahead of Russell – despite a messy race.

It was, on paper, nothing to be particularly critical of. Especially as this was a very challenging race in mixed conditions. But each driver expressed a feeling that this was a missed opportunity given the big step in performance versus the norm in 2024.

Russell’s pole position meant he had the best opportunity, but he seemed to overuse his intermediates early…

Source www.the-race.com

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