Russell: “Nothing shall be introduced” about F1 future at Silverstone
Present Williams driver Russell is in competition to affix Mercedes for subsequent yr as Lewis Hamilton’s teammate, having been a part of the crew’s junior programme since 2017.
Mercedes has mentioned that it’s going to resolve between Russell and present driver Valtteri Bottas sooner or later over the summer time, with each drivers’ present contracts because of expire on the finish of the season.
However Russell has revealed that no information will arrive about his future at his dwelling grand prix at Silverstone, denying that he has already secured a cope with Mercedes for 2022.
Within the newest episode of the F1 Nation podcast, Russell was requested if he had signed for Mercedes and replied: “I signed with Mercedes 5 or 6 years in the past now.
“That’s 100% true. As everyone is aware of, they appear after me.
“However almost about my drive for subsequent yr, nothing has been signed or sealed, and nothing shall be introduced in Silverstone.
“So I can let you realize that.”
Whereas Russell has failed to attain any factors for Williams since becoming a member of at first of 2019, his performances for the crew amid its struggles behind the grid have gained him reward all through the paddock.
Russell bought a style of what life with Mercedes could possibly be like when he made a one-off look for the crew on the Sakhir Grand Prix final yr, stepping in after Hamilton examined constructive for COVID-19.
George Russell, Mercedes F1 W11
Picture by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Photographs
Russell certified second and dominated the early a part of the race earlier than a pit cease slip-up and a puncture value him a probable victory, leaving him ninth on the chequered flag.
In current races, Russell has come near scoring Williams’ first factors because the 2019 German Grand Prix, ending eleventh in Austria final day trip.
Williams has loved a gentle upswing in efficiency since reaching its nadir two years in the past, with Russell believing that the way forward for the crew is “extremely thrilling” beneath its new possession and with the overhauled rules arriving in 2022.
“Clearly the crew have completed final for the previous three years in a row, [but] I am fairly assured that won’t be the case subsequent yr,” Russell mentioned.
“Issues are actually making a flip for the higher. Issues are actually getting in line and in place. Jost [Capito] is doing a improbable job constructing that construction for everyone to be extra environment friendly, extra streamlined, and each single resolution that has been made up to now I feel has been a great one for the fitting causes.
“I see no cause why over the course of the following couple of years that Williams cannot battle their manner again to the entrance.
“That may sound foolish or silly now, however you have solely bought to look again at 2013 when Valtteri and [Pastor] Maldonado had been within the automobile. They completed ninth or tenth within the constructors, and got here out the next yr and completed third, podiums at most races, pole positions.
“This sport can change in a heartbeat whenever you’ve bought this huge regulation change. Fingers crossed for Williams it adjustments for the higher.”