It’s no secret that current Williams driver George Russell is one Formula 1 season into a journey that will almost inevitably lead to him leaving Williams Racing and joining the Mercedes F1 team.
He is, after all, effectively being loaned to Williams F1 by Mercedes – whose young driver programme he remains part of, and who will almost certainly be in need of a driver in the not too distant future.
If the Brackley squad manage to maintain their stranglehold on Formula 1 after the shakeup in regulations in 2021 (partly designed to loosen said stranglehold!) then the opportunity to drive for a team with whom he’d most likely be instantly challenging for Grand Prix wins and championships would undoubtedly be too good for Russell to refuse whenever it comes.
“Every driver who gets a call from Mercedes, including me, would go for it” he told Auto Sport web.
“Every F1 driver wants to be the World Champion and is looking for a chance to win the title”
George, though, has a wise head on his young shoulders and for the time being is focussed solely on the job he’s been tasked with at Williams. He said:
“I don’t want to think too much ahead because then you don’t concentrate on the job at hand.”
“As long as I continue to drive well, I know that offers will come from somewhere.”
On his and Williams prospects for the forthcoming Formula 1 season, Russell added:
“We should make great improvements, I am convinced.”
“At this point we are on the right path. Our team will put up a good fight.”
We’ll get an idea of whether or not the Williams FW43 will give George, and team-mate Nicholas Latifi, the opportunity to fight on the 19th of February when this year’s F1 cars take to the track for the first time at a pre-season test in Barcelona.