Russell doesn't rule out driving for Williams again in 2022

05-08-2021 17:51 | Updated: 05-08-2021 19:08
Russell doesn't rule out driving for Williams again in 2022

George Russell still doesn't know which formation he will be racing for in 2022. He hopes to get the chance to drive alongside Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes, but in Valtteri Bottas he has a formidable rival for that seat. The Williams driver admits he is getting a little tired of all the questions about his future, however.

"No," Russell replied when asked by NOS if he has any indication yet of where he will be driving in 2022. "I've been getting that same question from journalists for months. Logical, but also tiresome. Formula 1 transfers are complicated processes. A game of chess that takes a lot of time. It is not about one, but about two drivers and two teams. Mercedes manages me, but also supplies engines to Williams."

Russell expects clarity soon

The driver currently 16th in the Drivers' Championship does, however, know that a decision is imminent. "I know Mercedes will decide this month who will get the cockpit next to Lewis, but that doesn't automatically mean there will be an official announcement already". So it's possible we won't find out until the end of the season.

Russell will have completed three seasons at Williams after 2021, and many think it's time for him to make the step up, but there is a chance that Mercedes will choose Bottas instead. What will the young Briton do in that case? "Of course I have to take that scenario into account. It is also not at all certain that I will say goodbye to Williams. It is not a punishment to be here. This is a great team and a warm place to be. The team has had a tough time, but is on the rise."

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