Mercedes’ two drivers Lewis Hamilton and George Russell have put up a united front despite the problems faced by the Silver Arrows in the early part of the 2022 campaign.
Now in Melbourne for the Australian Grand Prix, it is imperative for Mercedes to find a solution to the predicament it finds itself in.
While Russell has managed to record consecutive top-5 finishes, Hamilton has been far less satisfied with his W13, which was subject to FIA checks following his P10 finish in Saudi Arabia.
The iconic Albert Park will once again host the Australian Grand Prix after a two-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic that necessitated various restrictions across the globe.
Team boss Toto Wolff is also far from pleased with what he has seen of the Silver Arrows so far this season and he will be hoping that major changes are made to the car.
Pundits predicted friction between Hamilton and Russell
Many had predicted friction to ensue between Hamilton and Russell when it was announced that he would replace Valtteri Bottas at Mercedes.
It was, after all, seen as a changing of the guard in one respect, with Russell very much seen as the long-term future of Mercedes.
The team wouldn’t, therefore, offer partial treatment to him and would look to make his car as competitive as possible.
That is unfortunately something that Bottas (who is relishing his new role at Alfa Romeo) didn’t always get.
However, the predicted friction between Hamilton and Russell has not quite come to fruition.
In fact, both drivers have done their best to put up a united front and this was made clear through Hamilton’s latest post on Instagram.
He shared a picture on his story with Russell lifting a kettlebell in the background. It had a caption which read, “Teamwork makes the dream work”.
Hamilton is currently 6 points behind Russell (22) and 29 off leader Charles Leclerc after the first two races.