Lewis Hamilton has pledged to persuade his Mercedes team-mate, George Russell, to go sky diving after the pair spent the day browsing collectively in Australia. It was all smiles for the Silver Arrows partnership after a promising race weekend, regardless of the efficiency points which have marred the beginning of this season.
Voices from the Mercedes camp have been broadly unfavourable in 2022, however because the season progresses it appears as if it isn’t all doom and gloom. Each drivers have completed all three races to date, and the staff’s stable reliability has translated to factors on the board.
Russell shared a photograph on social media that confirmed himself and Hamilton after profiting from the circumstances to go online in Melbourne, including: “Suppose I will persist with 4 wheels.” Hamilton posted an analogous replace with the promise of extra white-knuckle actions to return, captioned: “Subsequent up: getting George Russell to skydive.”
Russell jokingly added: “Not going tandem with you although… [laughing emoji].” Workforce boss Toto Wolff might maintain his breath on the sight of his proficient drivers leaping out of a aircraft, however it’s nothing the seven-time world champion hasn’t finished earlier than as he not too long ago posted footage of a skydiving session in Bahrain.
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Plainly the pair have discovered positivity within the Silver Arrows’ newest displaying in Australia, the place Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc achieved the Grand Slam of pole place, quickest lap, race winner and main each lap. Russell took the chequered flag to earn his first podium as a Mercedes driver, and Hamilton got here house fourth.
A constant however underwhelming first few weeks since stepping up from Williams has surprisingly left Russell second within the Drivers’ Championship after three races. Hamilton is down in fifth, however he stays above his bitter rival from final season, Max Verstappen, who has been compelled to retire in two races to date.
“I consider in my staff again in base to have the ability to deliver extra efficiency however it will take lots of time. However in the intervening time let’s hold capitalising. We have to be proud about this as a result of we’re sitting P2 in each championships.
“This weekend we have been the fifth-fastest staff, we have been slower than McLaren and Alpine and clearly Ferrari and Crimson Bull too. We all know there’s potential within the automotive and we’ve got lots of work to do to extract that efficiency. It received’t occur in a single day or within the subsequent race however I do assume in time we’ll get there. In the meanwhile, if we get these outcomes, it’s protecting us within the combine.”