George Russell: Williams chief confirms exit worries amid Mercedes links

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George Russell: Williams chief confirms exit worries amid Mercedes links

Williams team principal Simon Roberts has confirmed that his days working with George Russell may be numbered. Mercedes are keeping a close eye on

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Williams team principal Simon Roberts has confirmed that his days working with George Russell may be numbered. Mercedes are keeping a close eye on the 22-year-old as they see him as Lewis Hamilton’s successor.

Russell had never scored an F1 point until he was offered the opportunity to drive Hamilton’s Mercedes at the Sakhir Grand Prix.

The Brit would have won the race had a double-stacked pit stop not gone horribly wrong. He also got a late puncture.

Russell’s performance for the Silver Arrows has seen him jump to the front of the queue for the next vacant seat.

Roberts was asked by GP Fans if he was resigned to losing Russell when his contract expires at the end of the year and he said: “That feels like a long, long way away but who knows.

“We’ve got to assume that this [being with Williams] is part of his career, that it is not going to be his whole career.

“It would be nice to think we’ve worked with one of the greats one day.”

Mercedes ace Valtteri Bottas is in the final 12 months of his deal so there could be a spot opening up with the defending world champions.

Hamilton is also yet to sign his contract for 2021 and it is unclear how long his extension will be.

Toto Wolff has previously admitted that Russell has jumped to the front of the queue for a Mercedes seat.

“He is very young but he comes from a good place and perhaps when people see that kind of lap in him that is what makes them think ‘This is the real deal’.”

Meanwhile, Express Sport understands Mercedes are confident of getting Hamilton’s new contract sorted before pre-season testing commences on March 2.



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