George Russell to Get Behind the Wheel of 2021 Mercedes F1 Car in Hungary for Crucial Test

Published 08/02/2021, 9:50 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Sakhir Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – December 5, 2020 Mercedes’ George Russell in the garage during practice FIA/Handout via REUTERS


After the Hungarian Grand Prix, drivers can have a relaxing summer break till the end of the month. However, that won’t be the case for George Russell as he will be testing the new 18-inch tires in a Mercedes at the Hungaroring on Tuesday.

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The new 18-inch tires will come into action next year when the new regulations are set in motion for the 2022 season. These tests will prepare the driver and teams for what to expect when they go racing next season.

Russell to 18-inch tires in a Mercedes at the Hungaroring

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It’s not quite what fans had in mind when it was announced at the Brit will drive for the Silver Arrows. The 23-year-old will pilot the W12 fitted with new tires to give feedback to the Brackley-based team as they prepare for the 2022 season.

After a dramatic Hungarian GP, Russell will have the day off on Monday but will be back behind the wheel as his test is scheduled on Tuesday.

The Williams driver will once again zip around the track, where he picked his first-ever points for the Grove-based outfit on Sunday.

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George Russell is confident to secure his future over the summer break

The Brit is in his last year of contract with Williams, and rumors of him joining Mercedes for 2022 are only ramping up. Russell is confident that his plan in F1 will be sorted out before the paddock reaches Spa for the Belgium GP after the summer break.

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He said, “These things are never an easy process for any driver and any team. [That’s] regardless if they’re moving team or staying with the same team – it’s always a lengthy process.

“I’m confident there will be a decision made in the summer, but when that will be announced, who knows?”

BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN – George Russell of Great Britain and Mercedes GP prepares to drive on the grid before the F1 Grand Prix of Sakhir at Bahrain International Circuit in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images)

It is no secret that F1 fans want to see Russell in a Mercedes alongside Lewis Hamilton for 2022. However, for now, they will just have to settle for the upcoming tire test with Pirelli in Budapest.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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