For though there was little time to make main adjustments to the W11 within the quick interval he had earlier than the Bahrain weekend received going, the perception he received in to Lewis Hamilton’s method and calls for was massively precious.
One instance was the way in which he had to make use of Hamilton’s steering wheel format, which incorporates his single wishbone-style paddle association.
Upon his return to Williams, Russell set about utilizing this info to learn himself and the staff. He duly requested that modifications be made to his clutch paddle association in step with what he’d had at his disposal when driving the Mercedes.
The association on the Williams steering wheel was a twin paddle affair in 2020 (above), with two levers, full with finger moulded sockets, used to assist the driving force launch the clutch.
Having taken onboard Russell’s request, the wheel adopted for 2021 featured only a single, longer paddle (beneath) operated by his proper hand. It too has the finger socket on the top so that he may have the ability to get extra stability when modulating the lever.
Having signed full-time to affix Mercedes in 2022, Russell returned to the cockpit within the current post-season Abu Dhabi check when he ran the W10 mule automotive to guage F1’s new 18-inch wheels.
Losing no time, Mercedes had ready a brand new steering wheel for his arrival, taking cues from Hamilton’s design however with a few key variations primarily based on Russell’s suggestions.
The throw of the lever is pretty comparable all issues thought of. Nevertheless, the socketed part is nearer to the wheel’s centreline, and the hinged mounting level is way nearer to the left-hand grip.
That is in all probability all the way down to the distinction between how the 2 maintain the wheel when conducting a begin, with Hamilton identified to have a novel method whereby he grips the higher left nook of the steering wheel.
Steering wheel of Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12
Photograph by: Giorgio Piola
Will probably be fascinating to see if any additional adjustments happen between now and the beginning of subsequent season, as steering wheel preparations can typically be areas the place drivers discover small nuggets of efficiency.