In the round-up: George Russell says he feels he is “returning home” after joining Mercedes, and the team is eager to come back fighting after their disappointing end to 2021.
Racing for Mercedes like “returning home” for Russell
Russell was promoted from Williams to the second race seat at the Mercedes factory team after spending many seasons as a Mercedes junior driver, receiving support from the team along his route to Formula 1.
Now he is racing for the team alongside Lewis Hamilton, Russell says he was able to quickly adjust to his new surroundings.
“It’s an incredibly special feeling to be an official Mercedes driver and a bit of a strange feeling at the same time, having spent so much time there when I was in Formula 3 and Formula 2 as a junior driver,” Russell said. “In a way, it feels like returning home to people who I’ve known for such a long time and getting up to speed with how the team operates again, which is something I’ve really enjoyed.
“Because I spent so much time with the team prior to joining Williams in Formula 1 as a junior driver, I feel like I know everybody so well already, so we were just straight to business on the important bits and bobs to understand the new car, to understand the challenges and to try and prepare as best as possible for the season ahead.
“And I think, following the conclusion of last year, there’s so much motivation and fire within the whole factory to bounce back, and that is incredible for me to see.”
Heat could prove “key factor” in Mexico City E-Prix – Guenther
Maximilian Guenther expects that the heat in Mexico City could play a major factor in today’s Formula E race.
After the opening two races of the season took place in cool conditions under the lights in Saudi Arabia, Guenther says that drivers and teams will have to be mindful of their rear tyre temperatures during the Mexico City E-Prix.
“The amount of management that we do in these kinds of races where it’s hotter and where there’s a lot of tyre energy like on this track – very quick corners, Tarmac quite demanding for the tyres – you have to manage a lot of energy, but as well the tyres quite a lot,” explained Guenther.
“So the rear tyres with the higher power is definitely a key factor for having a good race. Already in season six with less standard power, it was a challenge. So I’m expecting even more here on Saturday.”
Quotes: Hazel Southwell
Cohen joins Jenzer from Carlin for second season in F3
Ido Cohen will contest his second Formula 3 campaign with Jenzer after the team announced the 20-year-old as its first driver for the upcoming season.
Cohen raced for Carlin in last year’s championship, but failed to record a single points finish.
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Mercedes ‘Accelerate 25’ diversity programme exceeds target in first year
Mercedes’ programme designed to increase the number of workers from under-represented groups for at the team has exceeded its target over the first year of implementation.
The ‘Accelerate 25’ programme is an initiative started by Mercedes at the end of 2020 with a view to hire more team members who are women or from minority ethnic backgrounds over the five years leading to the end of 2025.
After the first 12 months of implementation, Mercedes announced that the team had exceeded the programme’s target of 25% of new starters with the team coming from under-represented backgrounds. In 2021, 38% of new starters on permanent or fixed-term contracts with Mercedes came from these recognised minority groups.
The impact of the first year of the programme has seen the proportion of Mercedes employees who are women rise from 12% to 14%, while the proportion of team members who are of minority ethnic backgrounds has doubled from 3% to 6%.
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