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Formula 1's Mr Consistency: George Russell overperforming in an underperforming car

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  • George Russell finished inside the top five of all nine Formula 1 races in 2022.
  • Heading to Silverstone, Russell will hope to make a 10th appearance inside the top five.
  • At the last race in Canada, Russell finished in fourth place - one position behind Mercedes-AMG teammate Lewis Hamilton.

The Mercedes-AMG Formula 1 team got the design of their 2022 car completely wrong. From being frontrunners in 2021, the Silver Arrows have been relegated to the third-best team this year, trailing Red Bull Racing and Ferrari in both championship races.

It is not where the team expected to be, least of all to be picking up the scraps if a driver in any of the two top teams fails to be in podium contention. They want to challenge for the podium and race wins on pure pace, but the current situation does not make provision for that.

Yet, while the team struggles to get on top of their troubles, new recruit George Russell has been raking in the results. Sure, it might not all have been podium-finishing results, but every result of his has been inside the top five. And more, he has outscored and outperformed Lewis Hamilton at the majority of races this year, giving the team the hope they desperately need.

Top five in all nine

Driving a difficult-to-handle Mercedes F1 car, Russell has managed to up his game with every passing race. At the season-opening Grand Prix in Bahrain, he came home in fourth place, just one position behind Hamilton. Saudi Arabia gave him a top-five finish, before making his appearance on the podium in Australia - his first of the year.

In Spain, he came home in third place and again in Azerbaijan. Versus Hamilton's two, Russell appeared on an F1 podium on three occasions this year. Of course, neither of the Mercedes-AMG drivers finished higher than third, but Russell is the only driver to have finished a race inside the top five this year thus far.

In Canada, the last race, he finished fourth, a position behind Hamilton.

READ: WRAP | 2022 Canadian Grand Prix - Verstappen takes first win in Montréal

Russell said of the team's performance at the Canadian Grand Prix: "Our race pace was closer to Ferrari and Red Bull than we've seen all season, but we've had performance issues, and they haven't. Everything is easier in hindsight, and I probably would have liked to have pitted under the first VSC, but at the end of the day, I don't think it would have changed my finishing result. Nevertheless, P4, good points for the team, and it's great to be back on the podium as Mercedes."

Formula 1 returns to Silverstone for the British GP at the start of July. Returning to his home race, Russell will hope to not only continue his top-five run in front of his home crowd for a 10 out of 10 performance, but return to the podium and give his compatriots something to cheer about.

Russell is currently in fourth place in the championship standings with 111 points to his name, just 15 behind Ferrari's Charles Leclerc and 18 adrift of Sergio Perez of Red Bull.

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