Michael Schumacher’s race engineer Andy Shovlin has been promoted to the role of Mercedes GP’s chief engineer for the 2011 season.
We reported earlier in November that both Schumacher and team-mate Nico Rosberg would be working with new race engineers next year, with Shovlin to assume “a more general engineering role”.
Shovlin was Jenson Button’s long-time engineer since the Briton joined the then-named BAR Honda squad in 2003, and the pair worked together until Button took the Drivers’ Championship title in 2009 with Brawn GP prior to leaving for McLaren.
With Shovlin moving up the ranks, it is believed that Schumacher’s engineer for 2011 will be former McLaren engineer Mark Slade, who has been Vitaly Petrov’s engineer at Renault this year.
It is also believed that Rosberg’s engineer, Jock Clear, will be replaced by Tony Ross, who previously engineered the German during his time at Williams, with Clear moving to a more senior role within Mercedes GP.
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