“I don’t want to waste time”: Russell gives biggest hint yet that Mercedes seat for 2022 is already decided

George Russell discussed his free agent status for 2022, with his contract at Williams expiring at the end of the season.

Lando Norris’ new contract was all the rage at Monaco. Russell, however, isn’t too fazed by the status of his contract.

“I didn’t want to waste time talking to other teams. The team trusts me and I trust the team, it’s that simple,” he said.

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George Russell (pictured) isn’t too bothered by his contract situation. Source: formula1.com

Asked about his free agent status, Russell said, “It’s a good position to be in. At the same time, stability and continuity are important – we can see that already with the drivers who are new to their teams. Whichever team I am with next year, I would prefer to be there for a number of years.”

With Russell being heavily linked to Mercedes, it is a fantastic spot to be in. Multiple teams could ask to sign the 21-year-old.

One for another

Russell’s Mercedes links also affect Valtteri Bottas, a current Mercedes driver. His future is also up in the air, and the Finn has not been forthcoming with his plans.

“The sooner you can decide your future, the better,” Bottas said.

“I’ve had situations when I signed a contract quite early, but also when very late signings meant the negotiations seriously interfered with my performance.”

Bottas however insisted he hasn’t thought about next season at all. According to him, he is focused on the current one and on racing for Mercedes.

“Honestly, I’m in no hurry. There are major changes next year and if the team has the ability to choose its drivers, so much the better,” he said

“For now I am completely focused on the season. The time to talk about contracts is not yet.”

The situation will be interesting to monitor in the upcoming months. Russell gunning for Bottas’ seat is the narrative of the moment. Whether that comes to fruition remains to be seen.

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