Mercedes and Ferrari are closely competing for the second place in the Constructors’ Championship in the final Grand Prix of the season in Abu Dhabi, with Mercedes driver George Russell expressing optimism about their chances and the team’s potential for 2024, despite acknowledging the challenge of qualifying against Ferrari.
‣ The final Grand Prix of the season in Abu Dhabi is crucial for Mercedes and Ferrari, as they compete for second place in the Constructors’ Championship.
‣ Mercedes driver George Russell acknowledges that the team has had a challenging year but is optimistic about their potential in 2024.
‣ Russell is excited for the competition with Ferrari and believes that Mercedes is in a better position.
‣ Despite the unpredictability of the season, Russell anticipates a difficult qualifying round in Abu Dhabi but is hopeful for a good race.
The final Grand Prix of the season in Abu Dhabi is a high-stakes game for Mercedes and Ferrari. The question on everyone’s lips is, who will clinch the second spot in the Constructors’ Championship? The gap between the two giants is a mere four points, with Mercedes currently in the lead. But will this be the case after Sunday’s race?
George Russell, a Mercedes driver, acknowledges that the year hasn’t been as fruitful as they’d hoped. Despite this, he’s optimistic about the team’s potential in 2024. He said, “The task ahead is massive. We’re all trying to catch up to the most dominant car in F1 history. It’s no small feat.”
Russell believes that everyone will need to pull together, focus, and put their all into it. “Time will tell,” he said. “But I think we’re heading into this winter in a much better place than we were 12 months ago and two years ago. We hope we’re not going to trip over anything. But as I said, time will tell.”
Russell is also eager for the showdown with Ferrari. He said, “We’re excited for the challenge ahead. It’s going to be a tight fight with Ferrari. They’re coming off the back of a strong race, but I’d rather be in our position than in their shoes.”
The Mercedes driver thinks they just need to concentrate on their performance and aim for speed. “If we do so, we’ll finish ahead,” he added.
The rankings behind Red Bull Racing have been fluctuating this season. Sometimes Aston Martin was second best, then it was McLaren, or Mercedes or Ferrari. Russell finds it hard to predict how things will pan out in Abu Dhabi.
“They were definitely pretty competitive here last year,” he said. “But we’ve been surprised a lot this season about which teams are fast at which races and vice versa. So we’re going in with an open mind.”
Russell anticipates a tough qualifying round. “I think Ferrari will slightly have the upper hand as they tended to do so this season. But come Sunday, I think it’ll be a different story, and we’ll have a good race,” he said.
Mercedes hasn’t won a single Grand Prix yet this season. For the German team, this is the last chance to add some colour to the season, after only one victory could be celebrated a year ago.