REVEALED: ‘Original’ Plan for Mercedes Relating to Bottas-Russell F1 Announcement

Published 07/12/2021, 9:35 AM EDT
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)


Yet another day in the George Russell-Mercedes saga, and yet another update. While many rumors stated that the team would announce their 2022 lineup at the British GP, it seems that the announcement will be delayed beyond the race at Silverstone.

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Mercedes might reconsider announcing the Russell-Hamilton lineup at Silverstone

The latest reports from credible F1 reporter, Tobi Gruner, state that the Brackley-based outfit will give the seat to Russell, but they might not announce it at the British GP; he thinks they will wait for the summer break.

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He said, “I expect George to get the 2nd Mercedes cockpit for next year. But I’m not sure Mercedes will make an announcement already this weekend. The original plan was to wait till the summer break, according to my info. But plans can change of course.

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The Brit wants to clear the air about his future

The 23-year-old is part of the Mercedes junior driver program and has his contract with Williams expiring at the end of the season. Coincidentally, Valtteri Bottas’s contract is also running out at the end of the year. Hence, the Brit wants to sort out which team he will be representing on the grid in 2022.

He said, “I haven’t really spoken about it [with Toto], that’s always just been my mindset [to conclude the talks quickly],” said Russell. “It’s in everyone’s best interest. I’m just focused on the here and now really.

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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

‘But I’m sure everything will be sorted no later than the end of the summer break really. I think we’d all want a nice summer break off when the season’s this intense, not messing around with contracts!,” Russell concluded.

Do you see Russell dominating the track alongside Hamilton? Or will the Silver Arrows stick to their current lineup and offer Bottas a new contract to stay with the team next season? Who do you think will get the seat? Let us know your predictions down below.

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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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