On media day ahead of the Dutch GP at Zandvoort this weekend, George Russell was asked, on press conference time, whether he had some news regarding his future on the F1 paddock, inciting him to talk about a possible move to Mercedes replacing Valtteri Bottas or staying at Williams.
“As it currently stands, I have no news to announce really,” was the final and the only statement the driver gave about the topic.
“Same position as we were in Spa last week.”
During media day in Belgium last week, Bottas and Russell were paired together for the press conference and both drivers plainly stated that there was “no news to share at this stage".
When the 23 years-old Briton was questioned once more on the topic, he finally gave in some information: “Yes, I know where I’ll be driving next year,” said Russell, but nothing else, as he refused to name the team where he’ll be competing in 2022.
“Verbally [was informed], before Spa. As I said, I’m not going to sit here and lie and not say the truth.”
Toto Wolff stated last weekend in Belgium that in Mercedes the decision is made already: "We just need to manage it well, and manage the situation well, with whoever driver is not going to be in a Mercedes next year, and make sure there is an exciting programme, and on the other side, manage the situation internally like we've always had."
“The truth is: there’s nothing to announce, but, as I said, I’m aware of the situation of where I’ll be racing next year and I was informed prior to Spa, just prior to Spa,” George Russell concluded.