Mercedes is ready to announce Russell in 2022

Mercedes is ready to announce the signing of George Russell in 2022 and above, according to a growing number of authoritative sources.

Mercedes is ready to announce the signing of George Russell in 2022 and above according to an increasing number of authoritative sources.

British commentators Martin Brundle and David Croft as well as world champion Damon Hill from 1996 all admit that they expect the news to be official at the British GP this weekend.

“Then it’s over for Valtteri (Bottas),” race driver and Finnish expert Tony Wilander told the television company MTV.

“You could tell it was already in his mind,” the Finn added.

“The most important thing for Mercedes was to confirm that Hamilton remains part of the team. So now the mainstay is in place.

“I do not think Russell would be happy to sign another Williams deal. One could say that Hamilton’s two-year contract will be his last, in which case the next champion will be raised next to him.

“Unfortunately, these are all things that Valtteri has little influence on.”

If 23-year-old Brit Russell gets the call, Nico Hulkenberg or Daniil Kvyat – both F1 reserve drivers this year – are said to be in pole position to replace him in Williams.

Bottas, 31, has also been linked with a return to Williams and also Alfa Romeo.

Russell said: “I’m in constant contact with Mercedes. They’ve always taken care of me.

“Whatever happens, I have a Mercedes engine behind me next year. I’m a Mercedes driver – I’m loyal to them,” he insisted.

“I’ve always said ‘if you do a good job, you’ll be rewarded.’ It’s as simple as that.”

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