Russell backs five teams to compete for 2022 title – “These teams have the drivers to really fight”

New Mercedes driver George Russell backed five teams to compete for the 2022 title, saying that each of them could take advantage of the new regulations.

2021 saw only two teams cement themselves as title contenders, them being Mercedes and Red Bull. With new rules set to be implemented from the upcoming season, everything will become a clean slate.

Even the cars will undergo radical changes, meaning any advantage last season’s leaders had will be nullified. As a result, no one has any idea which team will nail the regulations, but the former Williams driver reckons five teams will.

Russell backed five teams to compete for the 2022 title, and suggested that they will all be gunning for glory.  

“A team like Ferrari that have been through a difficult period for the last two years will be so hungry – especially with this new rule change – to come back fighting, similar to McLaren as well,” he said, as quoted by the official Formula 1 website.

“These teams have got the infrastructure, the talent within the engineering department, with the drivers as well, to really fight.

George Russell, Mercedes, tests the 18-inch tyres. Abu Dhabi, December 2021.
Russell (pictured) in his new Mercedes. Source: planetf1.com

“I truly believe there are five teams all capable of really doing something special next year, so you’ve got to be absolutely on it and I think development will be absolutely key.”

Field refreshes

Russell also explained that once a team finds a rhythm, they cannot rest. He said that any team that gets a head start may not end up finishing the season with that momentum.

“It won’t be whoever has the fastest car (at testing or the first race), it’s whoever manages to understand the car well and can develop and build from those foundations throughout the year,” he said

“And I think all of the teams will make big progress from race one to the end of the season.”

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