George Russell Feels Speculations Around Mercedes F1 Contract Talks are ‘Exciting’

Published 06/18/2021, 8:38 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Williams’ George Russell during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


George Russell was the most in-demand driver at French Grand Prix. Everyone is speculating that he would move to Mercedes in 2022 and the announcement may come in Silverstone. The young Brit stated he is aware of the speculations but he is enjoying driving and is focused on Williams for now.

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The contracts of Russell, Hamilton, and Bottas are up in December. While it is almost given that Lewis would sign a new contract with the Silver Arrows, the same cannot be said about Valtteri Bottas.

The Finn has struggled this season in his Mercedes and is currently 6th in the driver’s standings. With each passing week, it seems likely Russell will replace Bottas for the 2022 season.

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“It’s sometimes exciting not knowing what the future holds”- George Russell

According to The Sun, Russell is keeping his head down and focusing on the next race. He also stated that he has not heard from Toto Wolff regarding the contract talks.

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 19, 2021, Williams’ George Russell during a press conference ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier

“I want to get my future nailed down at some point. I’m just focused on this weekend, the French Grand Prix, and then into Austria,” said Russell.

“I’m just focused on race by race and just enjoying the curiosity of what’s to come. It’s sometimes exciting not knowing what the future holds,” said Russell.

When asked if he would stay at Williams next season, Russell stated, “My gut feeling at the moment? I haven’t really allowed myself to think about that too much, because that can become a distraction, I’ve learned that.

“So it will come at some point. And so, for now, the gut is not saying anything. I just want to win races and get the results that I’m aiming for,” said Russell.

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Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 18, 2021 Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas and Williams’ George Russell in action during the race REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

Is Russell the right man to partner Hamilton?

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George Russell is in prime position to replace Valtteri Bottas. Russell is 23 and already considered one of the fastest drivers on the grid. Everyone expects him to challenge Lewis Hamilton if he is paired with the 7-time world champion.

Many in the paddock believe he will give Hamilton a run for his money and be on the pace with Lewis consistently. But two fast drivers in the same team have not worked well for Mercedes in the past. Mercedes would look to avoid a Rosberg-Hamilton scenario with Russell and Lewis Hamilton.

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