Andrew Shovlin, the Mercedes’ motorsports engineer currently serving as a technical director of Mercedes Formula 1 team, had unveiled in a recent interview that Russell’s Formula 1 battles with a low-budget Williams team had helped his adaptation with the new 2022 Mercedes F1 car.
If truth is to be spoken, Russell made an eccentric F1 debut with Mercedes this season after serving as a member of the F1 team’s junior driver programme. Mercedes lent him to Williams three years earlier following his back-to-back championship titles in GP3 alongside the F1’s main breeder, Formula two.
Shovlin says Williams’ struggles helped Russell adapt better in Mercedes
Meanwhile, in an interview with a press agency, the Mercedes F1 team’s technical director Shovlin had stressed that the three years of driving experience in Williams had helped Russell’s adaptation with the new 2022 F1 cars better than the seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton.
Speaking in the interview with the press agency, Shovlin said, “The routes [of] Lewis through to that point and George through to that point were quite different. Lewis I think had a rather sort of sudden period of adjustment from a car that he knew that he could, if he delivered what he was capable of, he'd be fighting for the win at any given weekend.
George, having come from Williams, I think his experience there probably put him in good stead to deal with the car we were racing and trying to qualify at the start of the year. I think there was an element with George where he was probably hoping the experience would be a bit more different from the one he was used too, but he was very good at just getting on with the challenge that was in front of him.
And I think to be honest in the early part of the year, it probably was easier for George to adapt than it was for Lewis. What was nice to see almost straightaway was the two of them were working to put the team in a better place.
The way they were working together, the way they were happy to share out the workload – the number one focus was on improving the car, not squabbling over who was going to finish fifth and who was going to finish sixth.
And it's nice that you've got that maturity within the drivers and maturity within the team because ultimately, the whole engineering group working together and the drivers working together is the way that you shortcut the time it takes you to get back to where you want to be”.