What will George Russell’s future be? This is the question that the whole paddock has been asking for several weeks now. The English talent, who entered the Mercedes nursery in 2017, amazed everyone and is seen as Lewis Hamilton’s next teammate to take over from Valtteri Bottas.
Many said they were certain that this weekend at Silverstone the announcement of Russell’s hiring in Mercedes for next season would come, but the English driver himself thought of freezing their spirits.
During the last episode of the F1 Nation podcast, Russell said: “I signed with Mercedes five or six years ago, and that’s the only thing 100% true. As everyone knows, they take care of me ”.
“As for next year, nothing has been signed yet and there will be no announcement at Silverstone. This is the only thing I can say ”.
Russell is facing the third season with Williams and despite a car that is not competitive at all he has always managed to shine in qualifying without, however, ever getting a point with the English team.
In the only opportunity he had to drive a winning single-seater, the Mercedes W11 at last year’s Sakhir GP, George came close to the feat.
Called in at the last moment to replace a COVID-19 positive Lewis Hamilton, Russell set the second fastest time in qualifying behind Bottas to then dominate the race and get one step away from his first career win.
Only the chaos at the pit stop, and an extra stop for a slow puncture, prevented Russell from fulfilling his dream by ending it in a bleak ninth place.
The first two points in his career did not satisfy Russell’s hunger, who already this year, on several occasions, has come close to entering the top 10 with Williams. Precisely on the future of the British team, the driver of the Mercedes nursery expressed words of confidence.
“In the last three consecutive years the team has finished last in the Constructors’ classification, but I am sure it will not be like this next year. Things are turning in the right direction ”.
“Jost Capito is doing a fantastic job and is revolutionizing the facility by making it leaner and more efficient. Every decision that has been made so far has been a good one and I don’t see why Williams can’t go back to fighting for the win within two years. “
“This statement might sound silly now, but just look at what happened in 2013 when Valtteri and Pastor were part of the team. They finished in ninth or tenth place in the Constructors and then the following year they finished in third place obtaining podiums in most of the races ”.
“In this sport, everything can change in the blink of an eye when such a far-reaching regulatory revolution occurs. I keep my fingers crossed so that things change for the better for Williams ”.