Russell Finally Puts Mercedes F1 Rumours to Rest – “Nothing Will Be Announced in Silverstone”

Published 07/13/2021, 4:05 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)


Rumors of George Russell joining Mercedes continue to build up as the paddock heads to Silverstone. However, fans will have to wait another day, as the Brit himself confirmed that there no announcement waiting to be made at the British Grand Prix.

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The 23-year-old is part of the prestigious Mercedes junior driver program, which means he could drive for the Silver Arrows in the near future. Furthermore, Russell’s contract at Williams is expiring at the end of the season, giving the Brackley-based squad the perfect opportunity to grab the young talent.

George Russell confirms his Mercedes seat is not confirmed

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Speaking on the F1 Nation podcast, upon being asked about his potential move to Mercedes, Russell laughed and replied, “I signed with Mercedes five or six years ago, now that is a hundred percent true! As everybody knows, they look after me.

Formula One F1 – Sakhir Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Mercedes’ George Russell in the garage before practice FIA/Handout via REUTERS

“With regards to my drive for next year, nothing has been signed nor sealed and nothing will be announced in Silverstone.”

“I can let you know that,” Russell concluded.

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The Silver Arrows have secured Lewis Hamilton for another two seasons, and now turn their attention towards the second seat. Valtteri Bottas has his contract expiring at the end of the season and hasn’t been offered a new deal that will see him with the team next year. Meanwhile, down at Williams, Russell also has his deal with the Grove-based squad expiring this year.

Team principal, Toto Wolff, upon being been asked to give some clarity over the second seat situation in the team, said, “We always said we wanted to give it the next few races to gain more clarity. [We are] also happy Valtteri’s racing in Austria in my opinion was really good and he needs to consolidate that. He’s a known factor.

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

“In the same way we know the strengths and weaknesses of George, and that decision is going to be made during the summer. First [we will have] discussions with George and Valtteri and then hopefully we are sorted before the end of the season.

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“First [we will have] discussions with George and Valtteri and then hopefully we are sorted before the end of the season,” Wolff concluded.

Who you imagine driving next to Hamilton, will it be Russell, a driver with loads of potential? Or the underrated Bottas? Let us know your predictions in the comments 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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