Mercedes confirmed Lewis Hamilton as one of their two drivers for next year during the Austrian Grand Prix weekend. Russell, a junior junior driver, is known to be considering the second seat as a potential replacement for Valtteri Bottas.
The Williams racer, however, denied that the reigning world champions will confirm him as part of an all-British line-up for their team in 2022 ahead of the weekend’s race at. Silverstone.
“I signed with Mercedes five or six years ago now, that’s 100% true as everyone knows they’re taking care of me,” he said. official Formula 1 website. “As for my drive for next year, nothing has been signed or sealed and nothing will be announced in Silverstone so I can tell you that. ”
Mercedes team director Toto Wolff said earlier this month that a decision on Hamilton’s teammate will be made “in the summer”.
Russell arrives at his home race after giving Williams their first quarter-quarter appearance in three years, though they are still looking for their first points since 2019. He said he does not expect a ‘home advantage’ to improve his performance at the weekend.
“I always think when people say ‘I want to try a little more’, well, why did not you try a little more the previous week, the other 22 races? There is nothing more I think a driver can give clean because it is a home race because you give your absolute maximum.
“But I think the extra excitement in your home run naturally gives you a little more enthusiasm. So maybe this is where the extra performance comes from.
“The difficult bit, I assume, is that there is a lot of media research and a lot of activities during that week. And just balance it out, really, because it’s the biggest thing from a marketing perspective, the biggest event of the year for us. But in the end, we can not let it have an effect on racing. So it’s just finding the right balance. ”
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