“Maybe I Know, Maybe I Don’t” – Bottas & Russell’s Puzzling Response on Mercedes F1 Seat

Published 08/26/2021, 8:02 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 29, 2021 Williams’ George Russell during a press conference ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Florion Goga


The most talked-about potential driver move is George Russell to Mercedes. However, with the summer break now over, there is still no indication of who will drive for the Silver Arrows next year. Will it be Valtteri Bottas or George Russell?

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At Thursday’s press conference ahead of the much-awaited Belgian Grand Prix. Both Russell and Bottas are uncertain about their future in the sport but have stated that there is nothing new to reveal with regards to their contracts.

George Russell and Valtteri Bottas clear the air about their future

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Fans are dying to know who will drive alongside Lewis Hamilton in 2022. However, they will be disappointed to know as neither Valtteri nor Russell have a concrete answer to give.

Speaking at the presser as quoted by GPFans, Bottas said, “Not really, maybe I know something, maybe I don’t but there is no news to share.”

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

While Russell replied, “Still in discussions over the summer break but there is nothing to announce one way or another this weekend or probably not next weekend either to be honest, which I think is no problem.”

“Everything is ‘Do things right rather than quickly.” Russell concluded.

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Who will get the seat?

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The Finnish driver has been at the Silver Arrows since 2017 and has helped them to win the constructor’s championship so far. Now in his last year of the contract, with no extension given, uncertainty looms over his time on the grid in F1.

Meanwhile, down at Williams, Russell impressed the Brackley-based squad when he had a one-off drive last season at Sakhir. The 23-year-old is also in his final year of the contract and being part of the Mercedes driver academy, he is tipped to drive for them.

BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN – Second place qualifier George Russell of Great Britain and Mercedes GP looks on in parc ferme during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Sakhir at Bahrain International Circuit in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Dan Istitene – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

However, it is still unclear who will get to feature alongside Hamilton for the upcoming season. Will Mercedes stick to their guns and keep Bottas? Or will they take a chance on Britain’s Russell? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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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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