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Vowles: Russell 'very different' to Hamilton

Having worked with both Lewis Hamilton and George Russell during his time at Mercedes, Williams Team Principal James Vowles has given his take on the differences between the two.

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James Vowles believes that George Russell is "very different" to his Formula 1 Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton.

Prior to joining Williams as their new Team Principal for 2023, Vowles held the role of Motorsport Strategy Director at the Silver Arrows and worked alongside both Hamilton and Russell.

Having watched Russell's progression through the ranks of motorsport, Vowles has noticed some differences between the young Briton and seven-time World Champion Hamilton.

"Lewis has such an amount of natural talent," Vowles told the Sky Sports F1 Podcast.

"But his work... every year, he steps it up. What he did last year was not good enough for the following year.

"That's the definition of F1. George was a talent I've known for many years and really grew up into who he is today.

"He has such potential in front of him. He's very different to Lewis."

Learning from drivers as 'individuals'

Vowles believes that there are lessons to be learned from each driver's "individual" approach to what they do.

"It's not so much one preference or otherwise, they all bring something different to the table, but [are] successful as a result of it," he explained.

"It's more learning from each of them as individuals as to what makes them tick and what makes them grow.

"What they all have in common is they are all World Champions or future World Champions. That same dedication for going after every millisecond is inherent in all of them."

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