Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff has admitted the team aren't happy with fifth and sixth in the Italian Grand Prix, despite the solid result giving them a stronger buffer in second in the constructors' championship.
Having qualified in fourth and eighth respectively, George Russell and Lewis Hamilton managed to bring home fifth and sixth for the team, behind the two Ferraris and the two Red Bulls.
The result comes off the back of a promising week for the Mercedes team, as their two star drivers signed contract extensions keeping them with the team until at least the end of 2025.
Mercedes had come to Monza with an extra spring in their step, having got the contracts of Russell and Hamilton over the line.
Having put in a brilliant lap in qualifying on Saturday, Russell in particular would have been hoping to challenge for a podium position from fourth on the grid.
However, it was clear that their race pace was nowhere near that of Ferrari or Red Bull and, in Hamilton's case at least, instead found themselves scrapping with the Williams of Alex Albon and the two McLaren's.
They'll be hoping for more in the coming races, and will hope to at least get one opportunity to challenge for a race win before 2023 is done.
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