George Russell reacts to news of Valtteri Bottas potentially taking over 2022 seat

Williams driver, George Russell could be in line to fight for the Mercedes seat in the upcoming 2022 season against Valtteri Bottas.

Russell gave a vague reply when he was asked about the prospect of partnering with Lewis Hamilton next year.

While there are rumors about the confirmation of Russell’s seat with the Silver Arrows in place of Bottas.

George Russell; Source:

Looking at Bottas

Currently, Bottas is way behind Hamilton on the driver’ standings. This just makes things difficult for the outfit if the Brit were to call it quits.

Hamilton’s retirement, however, has been delayed considering the fact that he has just extended his contract by two years until 2023.

With Bottas’ contract ending by the end of this season, a second-seat re-shuffle at Mercedes would be wise.

What did Russell say?

“I am not one to believe in luck. To be honest, you make your own luck,” said the Williams driver.

“If I find myself in a world-championship-winning car next year, I am not going to turn around and say: ‘That’s lucky!’ But if I don’t get it, I am not going to turn around and say it was unlucky.

“You are where you are because of what you achieve and what you accomplish, whether it is on track or off track.

“That’s my mentality and I’m not relying on luck for anything. I’m not hoping that everyone crashes and I win the race.

“I’m relying on me doing the best job possible with the team,” he explained.

Valtteri Bottas; Source:

Looking at Russell

Last time in Austrian, Russell managed to finish a disappointing P11 and narrowly missing out on a points finish for Williams.

After replacing Hamilton back in Sakhir last year, Russell was on his way towards a sensational victory.

However, a puncture ended his race and his hopes to score a win for Mercedes.

Prominent figures waiting for Merc switch

Former world champion Damon Hill has predicted that Russell has been confirmed with Mercedes.

Martin Brundle has suggested that the switch could happen by the British Grand Prix.

Russell is currently thirteen years younger than Hamilton and eight years younger than Bottas. As a result, the Brit still has a lot of years in his career.

If he were to miss out on a seat with Mercedes, it could just be a hindrance in his journey towards the top.

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