Russell Promises to Stay Loyal to Mercedes Irrespective of Toto Wolff’s F1 Decision

Published 07/09/2021, 8:50 AM EDT
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

7-time world champion Lewis Hamilton signed a new two-year deal with Mercedes. The deal ensures Hamilton will stay with the German team till the end of the 2023 season. But Mercedes and team boss Toto Wolff have not yet decided the teammate to partner Hamilton for the next season. Will it be Williams driver George Russell and current incumbent Valtteri Bottas?


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Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – Williams’ George Russell in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

Toto Wolff has stated that he is currently monitoring the performance of both Russell and Bottas and he will probably make a decision in the summer break.


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I’ll have a Mercedes engine in the back of me next year, no matter what: Russell

As reported by Sky Sports, George Russell impressed everyone with his one-off performance in a Mercedes at Sakhir Grand Prix. Now he is eager to challenge at the front of the grid and fight with the best drivers in Formula One.

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 3, 2021, Williams’ George Russell in action during qualifying REUTERS/Lisi Niesner

“I’ve said it before, I want to be fighting for victories and world championships,” said Russell on his desire to race at the front.

I’ve worked so hard to get to Formula 1 and I didn’t work that hard just to be fighting for P15. I’m here to win and I want to win and that’s what I want to do sooner rather than later.

“How long will I wait for Mercedes? I’m in constant communication with them. They’ve looked after me and they’re in control of my destiny, wherever that may be. They’ve always said, if you do the job, you’ll be rewarded. Simple as that,” said the Williams driver.


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George Russell was able to put his Williams in P8 on merit and on choice tires at the Austrian Grand Prix. He was running in the points until lap 69 of 71. But eventually, he got overtaken by Alpine‘s Fernando Alonso. The results may have been heartbreaking, but everyone in the paddock lauded his performance.

The drive also made a strong case for his promotion to Mercedes. But George is confident that no matter what happens, he will have a Mercedes engine behind him at the back of his car next season.

I’ll have a Mercedes engine in the back of me next year, no matter what. I’m a Mercedes driver and I’m loyal to Mercedes,” said Russell.


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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sport Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been a ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.