George Russell says learning to be more adaptable as a driver was one of the key lessons from his one-off experience at Mercedes in Formula 1 this year.
Briton was drafted by a German manufacturer for the Sakhir Grand Prix after the usual Lewis Hamilton was attacked by the coronavirus.
Russell was very impressed over the weekend and had a chance to win the race before the failure of the pit stop and the puncture in the second half of the race completely seized his chance.
Russell, who returned to Williams for the season finale in Abu Dhabi, said he had already taught him some important lessons for the future with just one outing to Mercedes.
“I think what I’ve learned the most is that you have to be adaptable,” Russell explained.
“The driving style I did at Williams was actually a little hurt at Mercedes.
“So when I went back to Williams and tried to do some of what I did in that Bahrain race, Williams couldn’t do it. That reinforces me what you have to do. I think. Open your mind, you have to adapt whatever the car is giving you.
“So if a man drives that way in Mercedes, that doesn’t mean you can drive that way in Williams, and vice versa.”
Russell’s powerful show against Mercedes put him in the frame of a full-time race seat for the 2022 team.
Currently, Valtteri Bottas’ contract will end at the end of next year, and Russell’s own contract with Williams will also end.
Russell knows that nothing can be taken for granted when deciding what Mercedes wants to do. So he has to accept the situation he is in Williams.
Russell was asked what he felt needed to do in 2021 to secure a Mercedes seat in 2022, “I think it’s been in shape and has a positive attitude both inside and outside the team. I will.
“I’m not dissatisfied with the poor performance here and I’m continuing to take Williams a step further.
“I think Mercedes believes in me. They gave me an opportunity. And they always had my back.
“Now I’m like my duty to keep the truth and change to something that isn’t the present, not suddenly changing during the next year due to certain circumstances.”
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