George Russell to Mercedes: Williams F1 star opens up on British GP announcement rumours

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George Russell is adamant he will not be announced as a Mercedes driver for the 2022 F1 season at the British Grand Prix this weekend. The 23-year-old could replace Valtteri Bottas and partner Lewis Hamilton for the Silver Arrows.

Hamilton signed a new deal at Mercedes which will keep him at the team until the end of 2023.

Russell is out of contract at Williams at the end of the season but could make the leap to the current champions with Bottas struggling.

Max Verstappen and Red Bull are taking the fight to Hamilton as he looks to become an eight-time champion.

Russell insists no announcement on him joining Mercedes will be made this weekend though.

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“I signed with Mercedes five or six years ago now, that is 100 percent true,” Russell jokingly told the F1 Nation podcast about his long-term role as a Mercedes junior driver when asked if he had signed.

“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.”

Russell also opened up on the improvement Williams have made this season.

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“The change of structure and everything that’s going on at Williams is incredibly exciting,” Russell explained.

“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.

“Things are really making a turn for the better. Things are really getting in line and in place.

“Jost [Capito, team principal] is doing a fantastic job building that structure for everybody to be more efficient, more streamlined, 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.”

The British Grand Prix takes place this weekend in front of a packed crowd.

Verstappen leads Hamilton by 32 points with Bottas a massive 90 points behind the Red Bull championship leader.

He is fifth with McLaren’s Lando Norris and Red Bull’s Sergio Perez also ahead of him.

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