The signing of George Russell to Mercedes could take place at the British Grand Prix, which is described as “the ideal location.”
The 23-year-old Williams driver is a contender to be Lewis Hamilton’s teammate next season.
At the British Grand Prix next weekend, Mercedes could name George Russell as Lewis Hamilton’s new teammate for the coming season. According to Formula One analyst Martin Brundle, the manufacturer could be on the verge of putting an end to uncertainty about Valtteri Bottas’ future at Silverstone.
Hamilton signed a new contract with Mercedes on Saturday, committing to continue competing in Formula One until the end of the 2023 season.
The 36-year-choice old’s has fueled speculation about who might accompany the Briton for the Silver Arrows next season.
Mercedes’ second spot is currently empty for the next two seasons, although team principal Toto Wolff has confirmed it is between incumbent Bottas and Williams driver Russell on many occasions.
Bottas has been with the company for five years, but Russell, 23, appears to be posing a serious threat to his seat.
Russell finished 11th in the Austrian Grand Prix over the weekend, narrowly missing out on his first points of the 2021 season for Williams, and Brundle believes a promotion is on the way.
He told Sky Sports F1, “It wouldn’t surprise me if George [Russell] got the drive next year with Lewis [Hamilton] at Mercedes.”
“Whether it’ll be announced at Silverstone… if they’re going to do it, why not?” says the driver. It would be the ideal location.”
Russell is clearly on Mercedes’ radar, since he drove for the team in December of last year when Hamilton was diagnosed with COVID-19.
Hamilton said he did a “great job” in the Sakhir GP in Bahrain before a puncture ended his chances of a podium finish.
The British driver is in the final year of a three-year contract with Williams and believes his experiences have prepared him well for future challenges.
Russell told RacingNews365 this week, “It’s simply been a lot of difficult things to deal with.”
“I consider myself fortunate since, in the future, I want to have the opportunity to compete for triumphs and World Championships, and I’ve had a lot more disappointment than others.
“I believe it will make you mentally stronger and will genuinely assist me in the future when I face difficult situations, which there will undoubtedly be.”
The has provided Russell a boost in his prospects of partnering Hamilton next season. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”