During an unpleasant joint interview, Valtteri Bottas and George Russell confessed everything.
Valtteri Bottas and George Russell, the two drivers vying for the Mercedes driver’s seat with Lewis Hamilton for the 2022 season, had a tense press conference.
Before the Belgian Grand Prix, Valtteri Bottas and George Russell sat through an unpleasant press conference together. Russell has been mentioned as a successor for the Finn as Lewis Hamilton’s team-mate at Mercedes, and the duo are awaiting the announcement of their respective futures.
When asked about the tense situation, both drivers remained tight-lipped. The drivers were asked if they knew where they will race in the 2022 season by a reporter on the scene.
“There is no news to share yet,” Bottas replied quickly.
The interviewer pursued the same line of inquiry, asking if the two were surprised to still be in the dark, given that they had both stated before the mid-season break that they wanted this race to determine their fate.
“Not really,” the 31-year-old said once more.
“No one knows. Maybe I know something, maybe I don’t, but there’s nothing to report.”
Russell was then put on the spot for his comments, and he almost identically mirrored Bottas’ sentiments.
“I guess there’s no news to give at this point,” he remarked.
“Obviously, we’re still talking throughout the summer vacation, but there’s nothing to reveal this weekend, and probably not next weekend, to be honest. Which isn’t a problem—do things well rather than quickly, as the case may be.”
Speculation has swirled all season about the possibility of the Englishman taking over from Bottas, who has had a poor fifth season with Mercedes, retiring from races three times due to mistakes.
Russell, on the other hand, has improved throughout the year, with his best finish coming in the Hungarian Grand Prix shortly before the season ended.
Russell, who is only 23, has the advantage of youth and promise when it comes to Toto Wolff finalizing his partnership for 2022.
Russell has spent the last three years driving for Williams in underperforming vehicles, but his contract with the team expires at the conclusion of this season.
On Wednesday, Wolff emphasized the difficulty he had in making the selection due to the evident attributes shared by both drivers.
“It’s not simple,” Wolff added. “Brinkwire Summary News.”