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From F1 champions to scrapping for podiums: How Mercedes is turning an unkind 2022 around

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Mercedes-AMG drivers George Russell (left) and Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes-AMG drivers George Russell (left) and Lewis Hamilton
Mark Thompson

The 2022 Formula 1 season has not been kind to Mercedes-AMG. At the beginning of the year, it quickly became clear that the defending Constructors champions' car is not all too competitive, and that a serious rethink should be on the table. 

But despite the challenges staring them in the face, the team put shoulder to the wheel and began a fightback process that saw them chomping at the heels of frontrunners Red Bull Racing and Ferrari. And all the while, drivers Lewis Hamilton and George Russell are putting in the required performances to lift the team from the proverbial dumps.

The consistency to lift themselves onto the podium when either Ferrari or Red Bull fails to do so has been beneficial, so much so that the Silver Arrows are now a mere 30 points behind the flailing Ferrari team in the Constructors' championship - 304 points v 334. (But still an immense 127 points behind Red Bull on 431 points.)

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