According to Technical Director Mike Elliott, Mercedes’s main goals for the rest of the Formula One season are to win a race and beat Ferrari to second place in the constructors’ championship. After a difficult start to the season, the Silver Arrows have gradually worked their way back into contention behind pacesetters Red Bull and Ferrari.
Despite their form fluctuating due to track characteristics, George Russell and Lewis Hamilton have combined for 13 podiums, bringing Mercedes to within 35 points of second-placed Ferrari after 16 races.
Elliott said in their Italian Grand Prix debrief video about the team’s 2022 progress: “We’ve had some good races, and we’ve had some not-so-good races, but I think what’s really encouraging is the understanding that’s coming from the simulation work that we’re doing, [and] the understanding that’s coming from the wind tunnel.”
“It’s allowing us to work out why our performance is going up and down, what we need to get back into the fight right at the front, and what we need to do over the winter, I think those are the key things.”
“We want to try and fight Ferrari for that P2 position; we want to try and win a race this season, or multiple races ideally; and most importantly, we want to get ourselves back on track so we can fight properly for a championship next year,” he added.