Williams CEO Makes a Bold Claim on George Russell’s Future in F1

Published 08/22/2021, 6:15 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


George Russell has been immensely impressive for Williams this season. Driving an uncompetitive car, the 23-year-old pushed his car to the extreme limits and has qualified into the Q2 in almost every race this season, with the exception being the Hungarian GP.

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Moreover, the young Brit has finally ended his points drought for the Wantage-based team at the Hungaroring. Russell finished P9 just ahead of Max Verstappen. Although later, he inherited the eighth position after Vettel’s disqualification. And bagged four crucial points for Williams.

Considering George Russell’s outstanding performances this season, Williams’ team principal, Jost Capito believes the Briton will become Formula 1 world champion in the near future.

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What did Jost Capito say?

As quoted by GPfans, when asked if he believes George Russell had what it takes to become the world champion, Jost Capito replied: “Yes. I absolutely believe that.”

“But it’s difficult to compare the different drivers over the different decades. They all were very different, but George shows everything a modern race driver has to have to get to the very top and I’m convinced he will be world champion. I don’t doubt that a second.”

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 15, 2021. Williams’ George Russell during a promotional photoshoot for the unveiling of the new 2022 F1 car REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge.

“Of course, when I came in, I knew that he is good, but he impressed me in various areas. It’s not just his talent, it is his professionalism, how he is working, that he can also switch off and do something different and then focus again fully on racing,” added the Williams team principal.

George Russell likely to stay at Williams if Mercedes renews Bottas’ contract: Capito

George Russell and his probable move to Silver Arrows next season have been a matter of speculation for months now. The 23-year-old is heavily rumored to replace Valtteri Bottas at Mercedes to team up with the seven-time world champion, Lewis Hamilton.

Meanwhile, Jost Capito has confirmed George Russell will stay at the Wantage-based team if Mercedes renews Valtteri Bottas’s contract for next season.

“For us, it’s not even worthwhile thinking about it because that is a Mercedes decision. If they take him, they take him. If not, he will stay,” said Jost Capito.

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)

“At the moment, he would like to stay if he doesn’t get the Mercedes call because he likes the team. He sees how it’s going forward. If he doesn’t go to Mercedes, we’ll be more than happy to keep him, of course.”

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“But there’s nothing that we can do now. We’re just focusing on the season, race-by-race, and go from there,” added Capito.

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Will George Russell stay at Williams or will he join the Mercedes next season to team up with his fellow compatriot, Lewis Hamilton? What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Pingaksh Sharma

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Pingaksh Sharma is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been following this sport since India hosted the Grand Prix in 2012 and has been an ardent supporter of the eventual race winner, Sebastian Vettel. He is also a fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull and hopes the former breaks the Lewis Hamilton dominance.

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