As usual, summer is the time of the year when the buzz about Formula 1 transfers is the loudest. George Russell is a strong contender for a Mercedes seat. However, Russell has also been linked to a rival team, Red Bull. Ahead of the Hungary Grand Prix, Russell denies the idea of moving to Red Bull anytime soon.
Since joining Formula 1 in 2019, Russell has been driving a less than mediocre Williams car. In 48 starts for Williams, Russell didn't score a single point. While Williams shows ambition for the future, likely, they won't have a drive contending for championships soon.
Sakhir GP in 2020 boosts Russell's odds to join Mercedes next year. When Lewis Hamilton tested positive for COVID-19, Russell was the driver who got an opportunity to drive the field's strongest car. As he qualified second, Russell made the best of it, just 26 milliseconds behind the experienced Valtteri Bottas.
Mercedes is still uncertain about the 2022 driver line-up
Toto Wolff recently confirmed that Mercedes would be choosing between Bottas and Russell for 2022. It's most likely that Mercedes will make their decision during F1's summer break in August. To put things to ease, Russell confirmed he wouldn't be switching to Red Bull in 2022.
"It is impossible for me to drive for Red Bull next year. As I’ve said before, I’m a Mercedes driver, so while it is nice to get positive feedback from the Formula 1 scene and hear about the interest of other teams, my only loyalty is to Mercedes."
"I will definitely drive a car with a Mercedes engine next year, that’s for sure. Mercedes is my car, my brand. What colour the car will be? I don’t know yet."
"I am 100 percent ready to drive the fastest car and take the next step with it. With every race I feel better prepared, and at the moment I can say I’m ready."George Russell comments his F1 future
Following the Hungary GP, which takes place this weekend, Formula 1 will take a four-week summer break. The next race is scheduled for August 29th, when Belgium will host a Grand Prix. If not in August, Mercedes will expectedly make their decision in September.