Before the British Grand Prix, George Russell makes a clear comment on Red Bull’s move.
EXCLUSIVE: George Russell discusses his plans for 2022 with Express Sport.
With his “loyalty” to Mercedes, George Russell has clearly ruled out Red Bull as an option for next season, as speculation about the Briton’s future in Formula One in 2022 continues.
The 23-year-old has been extensively linked with a move to Mercedes for next season, with some speculating that he would take over from Valtteri Bottas at the seven-time world champions.
Lewis Hamilton, the reigning world champion, has already extended his contract with Mercedes for another two years at the end of the year, but his teammate Bottas appears to be in the dark regarding his future with the team.
Russell stepped in for Hamilton in the Sakhir Grand Prix, impressing on his debut for the world champions and scoring his first points in Formula One, sparking speculation.
After blasting past his teammate Bottas at the start of the race, the young Mercedes driver was on course to win the Grand Prix outright, but a pitstop blunder and a puncture forced the King’s Lynn driver to settle for P9.
However, since his performance, the 23-year-old Briton, who will be a free agent at the conclusion of the season, has piqued the curiosity of a number of teams in the paddock, including Red Bull, who have recently indicated interest in him.
Russell verified to Express Sport that, as flattering as the young driver found it, he had no interest in becoming a Red Bull racer anytime soon.
Russell told Express Sport exclusively, “It’s always wonderful to hear positive things from respected people in the paddock, no sure.”
“However, I’m a Mercedes driver, and I’m devoted to everyone there.
“So they’ve stood by me, and I’ve stood by them.
“It’s definitely good to hear that, but it doesn’t change anything.
“And next year, I won’t be driving for Red Bull.
“That is something I can only tell you.”
Russell has played a key role in turning Williams around, and before of the British Grand Prix, he complimented his team for their hard work this season and their vision for the future, while also acknowledging his own role.
“Especially now that we are actually making strides,” he continued to Express Sport.
“And, you know, with all the financial troubles, it was such a difficult period for the squad prior.
But we’ve made it around the bend, and now it’s time for the “Brinkwire Summary News.”