The younger Briton impressed ultimately yr’s Sakhir Grand Prix when he stood in for Lewis Hamilton, who was pressured out of the occasion after contracting coronavirus.
Though Russell solely did that one outing for Mercedes earlier than Hamilton returned in Abu Dhabi, it was sufficient for him to get a correct perception in to how the world champion group operates.
Whereas Russell has stated that the very fact he did so properly for Mercedes was a lift to his total confidence, he additionally reckons different advantages have come from the expertise too – together with his method to work.
Talking about key classes that he has utilized at Williams forward of the beginning of the season, he says the Mercedes mindset was particularly fascinating.
“I believe the Mercedes method may be very analytical and really in depth into sure particulars,” defined Russell. “I have been in a position to carry that over in how their engineers work and it’s fascinating.
“I can nearly take a little bit of each and nearly merge them collectively to see what works finest for myself. And equally, there have been minor particulars from what I realized with the information there and I’ve tried to implement a little bit of that right here. They’re all coming in useful.”
Nonetheless, whereas there are particular approaches to work which might be serving to him, Russell equally is aware of that not every little thing that works at Mercedes will carry over to Williams.
“On the finish of the day, F1 may be very dynamic and it’s good to learn to get essentially the most out of your machine. If it really works in a Mercedes, it does not imply it really works in a Williams.
“I believe one thing I additionally realized is it’s a must to be dynamic, and I needed to change my driving quite a bit to swimsuit their automotive to get essentially the most out of their automotive. And equally after I got here again to a Williams, I needed to revert as a result of I could not do issues in a Williams I may do in a Mercedes.”
Russell is within the closing season of a three-year contract with Williams in 2021, and is hoping that a chance opens up for him to modify full-time to the Mercedes group in 2022.