Shovlin studied at the University of Leeds. He obtained his BEng in Mechanical Engineering in 1998 and then his PhD in Vehicle Dynamics and Control. With that knowledge, he was able to work in Formula 1. The first team where he actively started working was Formula 1 constructor BAR in 1999. After ten years, in 2009, Shovlin started working as a race engineer at BrawnGP where drivers Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello competed for the F1 World Championship.
The Transition to Mercedes
In 2010, Mercedes made a comeback in Formula 1 with seven-time World Champion Michael Schumacher as the leader and Nico Rosberg. Shovlin, who had been active under Brawn at BrawnGP since 2009, stayed with the team when they changed to Mercedes. In his first year at Mercedes, he was Schumacher's race engineer. In 2011, the Brit was promoted and became technical director.
Shovlin still has the same role as the one he was assigned in 2011. He played a major role in Mercedes' successes and helped them win the constructors' title seven years in a row. As technical director, his goal is to get the most out of the car every race weekend. He does this by working closely with the teams in front of and behind the scenes at the factory in Brackley.