Mercedes says Hamilton and Russell are “trying different things”

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Mercedes’ Trackside Engineering Director Andrew Shovlin says Lewis Hamilton and George Russell are “more focused on trying to get the car further up the grid than they are worried about whether one’s just a bit ahead of the other or not”.

There has been a lot of talk about the difference in performance between Lewis Hamilton and George Russell in 2022.

While George has managed to finish in the top five in every race so far, Lewis has experienced more problems and therefore often finished behind his younger team-mate.

Mercedes however says that the results right now aren’t anything to go by.

“We are all working to try and understand the car and get it in a good window, and this isn’t as easy as some of the cars we’ve had in the past,” Sholvin said in Mercedes’ Monaco Grand Prix race debrief.


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“So I’ve not really been tracking where they are in terms of qualifying, but they are trying different things – but very much working with the team and the engineers to explore different directions  and they have both been really good in that regard.

“And they know if the direction they go in doesn’t turn out to be correct, it can cost them on a Saturday or Sunday.

“But it has been really good to see the way they are working together. They are both much more focused on trying to get the car further up the grid than they are worried about whether one’s just a bit ahead of the other or not.

“And we just need to keep that working relationship going,” the Briton concluded.

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