Mercedes should “keep open mind” over car concept

In the round-up: George Russell says Mercedes’ recent improvement in performance doesn’t end the debate over their car philosophy.

In brief

Mercedes should “stick to the process” – Russell

Russell said Mercedes need to “keep an open mind” over whether to stick with their current car philosophy, including its unique narrow sidepods, following their successful run of results.

“I don’t think changing car concept is going to make us go any faster, maybe the contrary to be honest,” he said. “Sometimes you’ve just got to stick to the process and keep on pushing.

“That’s difficult to do when you’re off the pace and things don’t seem to be going your way. But personally, I believe in every single person within our team and I think we’re making huge progress for the time being.”

He said the team’s performance in qualifying and the race in Spain shows how far they have come.

“At the start of the season we were finishing races a minute behind first position. The last two races we’ve been within 10 seconds so I think it’s definitely going in the right direction.”

Alonso confident he and Ocon will “never” collide

Ocon and Alonso have nine races left as team mates

Before the news of his future broke yesterday, Fernando Alonso’s complaints about Esteban Ocon’s defensive moves had been one of the biggest talking points from his run to eighth place in the Hungarian Grand Prix.

“It was quite extreme,” said Alonso of his team mate’s first lap defence. “Obviously I lifted off and nothing happened. But it was probably an opportunity missed there.”

Although he admitted he was “a little bit surprised by that defence”, Alonso admitted “sometimes I do the same, sometimes he does the same or at any other team, so it’s the way it is.”

The pair also raced each other hard at the Saudi Arabia Grand Prix earlier this year. But Alonso is confident they won’t come to blows.

“We try to race hard always but always giving that one percent margin to not have any incident. We never had any and we never will had.”

Tyre choices for next three races confirmed

Pirelli has announced its tyre compound selections for the upcoming three races. It will bring its hardest rubber for the Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort and its middle range of C2, C3 and C4 tyres for the races at Spa-Francorchamps and Monza.

Here is the full allocation for 2022 so far:

Round Track Prime Option Qualifying
1 Bahrain International Circuit C1 C2 C3
2 Jeddah Corniche Circuit C2 C3 C4
3 Albert Park C2 C3 C5
4 Imola C2 C3 C4
5 Miami International Autodrome C2 C3 C4
6 Circuit de Catalunya C1 C2 C3
7 Monaco C3 C4 C5
8 Baku City Circuit C3 C4 C5
9 Circuit Gilles Villeneuve C3 C4 C5
10 Silverstone C1 C2 C3
11 Red Bull Ring C3 C4 C5
12 Paul Ricard C2 C3 C4
13 Hungaroring C2 C3 C4
14 Spa-Francorchamps C2 C3 C4
15 Zandvoort C1 C2 C3
16 Monza C2 C3 C4

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