Mercedes cannot cry and sulk about the performance of the W13 as that will not make it go any faster, George Russell points out.
With all-new technical regulations on the horizon, Formula 1 managing director Ross Brawn warned last year one team could get it wrong.
Nobody thought that team would be Mercedes.
While their W13 is not exactly wrong per se, it is the car that bounced the most in the early part of the championship which forced Mercedes to sacrifice downforce in order to minimise the bouncing.
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The team reckon they are on top of that in the last few races, with trackside engineering director Andrew Shovlin saying it is no longer an issue.
The next task Mercedes face is recovering the lost downforce and finding a way to do that without re-igniting the porpoising.
Russell has backed the Brackley squad to get it right.
You cant cry and sulk about the overall performance, he told the BBC. That wouldnt be productive and it wouldnt go any faster.
So youve got to go out and make the most of every tricky situation and be constructive, push the team in the right areas.
The sort of journey we are on at the moment is exciting. As soon as we recognised we had a lot of challenges with this new car, weve truly just got down to the business of how do we make this car go faster?
We are not trying to make it, lets say, nicer to drive or anything. We just want to make it go as fast as possible. And what do we need to do to achieve that?
We have, as a team, worked so hard. Weve tried so many different things. Perhaps too many things at one point. And its been a challenge to analyse absolutely everything weve done with the short period of time weve had.
Such is the 24-year-olds confidence in Mercedes he believes their recent spate of podium finishes is a sign a first win is definitely a realistic ambition.
I truly believe it, he says. The only thing we dont know is what our rivals will bring to their cars. Its relative gain. And if we find one second of lap time and they find 0.8secs, they will still be ahead of us.
But theres no reason we cant close that gap. Whether we will ever have the outright fastest car this year, I dont think so. But there will definitely be times we can fight for a victory.
Weve had probably two occasions when we could have fought for victory at Silverstone and potentially in Barcelona if things had panned out slightly differently. And we are only making the car faster.
We are a long way from maximum potential, so thats why we have a bit of optimism.
Mercedes are third in the Constructors Championship with 304 points, only 30 behind Ferrari but 127 behind Red Bull.
George Russells Hungarian pole the brightest sign yet
The first 13 races of this years championship mark the first time since 2011 that Mercedes are without a grand prix win in the first half of a season.
That year, Mercedes went winless, a fate they hope to avoid this year.
However, such has been the teams progress in the last five races that one could bet on a first win coming, and it could be sooner rather than later.
Russells pole position in Hungary is the surest sign yet.
While the team have strung together a run of six podium finishes, the last two being doubles, it was Russells P1 in qualifying that points to the car moving in the right direction.
The W13 has been a strong car on Sundays, showing impressive race pace for a car that likes to bounce. But Saturdays have been the teams shortcoming, not a single front-row slot before Russells pole position.
If and it is still an if as one pole position does not make a championship and Russell is a driver known for getting more out of the car in qualifying than it perhaps has the Hungaroring was not a one-off and the W13 is becoming an all-weekend car, well, it is easier to win from pole than it is from P5.