George Russell Makes Final Statement on Red Bull Conduct in 2022 | F1 | sport
George Russell says he has categorically ruled out Red Bull as an option next season with his “loyalty” to Mercedes, as speculation continues to follow the Briton regarding his Formula 1 future in 2022.
The 23-year-old has been heavily linked with Mercedes next season, with some suggesting he will replace Valtteri Bottas next season at the seven-time champions.
Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton has already secured his future at Mercedes for two more years at the end of the year, however, his teammate Bottas has apparently been left in limbo about his future with the team.
Rumors began to swirl towards the end of 2020, as Russell replaced Hamilton at the Sakhir Grand Prix, impressive in the world champions’ debut, scoring his first points in Formula 1.
The young Mercedes driver was on track to win the Grand Prix, having passed his teammate Bottas at the start of the race. However, after a blunder at the pit and a puncture, the King’s Lynn driver had to settle for 9th place.
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However, since his performance, the Briton, who is a free agent at the end of the year, has caught the attention of many teams in the paddock, including Red Bull, who have recently shown interest in the 23-year-old.
Yet as flattering as the young driver found him, Russell confirmed to Express Sport that he has no interest in becoming a Red Bull driver anytime soon.
“It’s always nice to hear great things from respected people in the paddock, without a doubt,” said Russell, speaking exclusively to Express Sport.
“But obviously I’m a Mercedes driver and I’m loyal to everyone there.
“So, you know, they supported me, I supported them.
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“It’s obviously nice to hear people say that, but that doesn’t change a thing.
“And I won’t be driving for Red Bull next year.
“That I can tell you exclusively.”
Russell helped straighten Williams and, ahead of the British Grand Prix, praised his team for their hard work this season and their ambition to move forward while embracing the role they had to play.
He continued to Express Sport: “Especially since we are really making progress now.
“And, you know, it was such a tough time for the team before and all the financial difficulties.
But we have passed this milestone and we are really making progress.
“And to be a part of that, no matter what happens in the future, they’ve always been a part of that process.
“And I have no doubt that Williams, over the next three to five to ten years, will return to the front lines.”