A widely circulating rumor is that Mercedes have already signed George Russell for 2022 and that they will be making the announcement in Silverstone which happens to be Russell’s home race. This comes in the wake of Mercedes confirming that Lewis Hamilton will drive for them at least until the end of 2024. Russell has now revealed his side of the story while appearing on the F1 Nation Podcast
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George Russell Refutes Mercedes’ Rumored Announcement For Silverstone
Russell began by explaining why Williams might not be a bad place to stay at next year
“The change of structure and everything that’s going on at Williams is fascinating. Obviously, the team have finished last for the past three years in a row. I’m pretty confident that will not be the case next year”
He hearkened back to the days when Williams stood on the podium multiple times in 2014 after having a horrendous 2013
“That might sound silly or stupid now, but you've only got to look back at 2013 when Valtteri and [Pastor] Maldonado were in the car. They finished ninth or 10th in the constructors, and came out the following year and finished third, podiums at most races, pole positions”
He reiterated his hopes for Williams
“And every single decision that’s been made so far I think has been a good one for the right reasons. I see no reason why, over the course of the next number of years, Williams can’t fight their way back to the front”
He signed off by reacting to the rumor that Mercedes will announce him as their second driver for 2022 this week in Silverstone
“I signed with Mercedes five or six years ago now, that is 100 percent true. As everybody knows, they look after me. But, with regards to my drive for next year, nothing has been signed or sealed and nothing will be announced in Silverstone, so I can let you know that”
“McLaren Racing can confirm that Lando Norris was involved in an incident, after the Euro 2020 final match at Wembley, during which the watch he was wearing was taken” [McLaren team statement]
“Thankfully, Lando was unharmed but he is understandably shaken. The team is supporting Lando. As this is now a police matter [they] cannot comment further”
Norris, meanwhile, is “doing well and trying to make sure [he’s] ready and [he’s] in the right zone for this weekend to perform at [his] best” [Instagram]
His teammate Daniel Ricciardo has revealed that “there are times when [he comes] out of a corner and thinks to [himself]: very good! One lap later: not good at all!” [Auto Motor und Sport]
He still has “to learn to make full use of the strengths of [his] car and not to go at it too hard where it's not so good"
“It's an adjustment process. Probably the hardest one in recent years. It's going to take time. More than [he] would like”, Ricciardo surmised
He further reiterated that he’d like to “throw the car into the corner and trust it to stick to the tarmac. Sounds simple, but it's not. The car doesn't seem to work with [his] natural driving style”
Defending world champion Lewis Hamilton has stated that “while [he has] enjoyed a successful career in motorsport, it’s been a lonely path as one of the few Black individuals within Formula 1” [F1]
“And, after 15 years of waiting for the industry to catch up, [he realised he] had to take action [himself]”
“Through the [Hamilton] Commission’s research, we can see there are clear meaningful steps the motorsport industry needs to take towards creating a more inclusive environment”, Hamilton added
Red Bull’s Sergio Perez is “starting to [setup his car] more and more on [his] own, choosing [his] own direction” [Motorsport]
“It's harder to compare the setup when both cars are not running with the same aerodynamic specifications. Then it's definitely important to go our own way”, Perez explained
F1’s managing director Ross Brawn thinks that “racing drivers will still race each other in a supermarket car park with shopping trolleys” responding to Hamilton’s comments that the sprint qualifying will be a procession [The Race]
“It's in their nature that they want to beat each other: and there's nothing worse for them than to be beaten by someone”, Brawn added
He further feels that even if “the sprint is [seen as] just the precursor to the main event, the race, they will be desperate to beat each other and show who is the fastest and who is the strongest”
Alpine’s Esteban Ocon has stated that suggestions that the mood inside the team has changed after being overshadowed by teammate Fernando Alonso are “not true, [he doesn't] feel it that way” [Speedweek]
This is because “it's generally good for the team when Fernando picks up the pace”
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