As rumors concerning a move of George Russell to Mercedes have intensified since the beginning of the season, Williams’ CEO Jost Capito admitted wanting to keep the Briton for as long as possible, and most importantly that there is a chance to keep him.

Russell has already shown his incredible driving abilities multiple times since he entered F1 in 2019. His best performance probably being the time he was transferred to Mercedes to replace Hamilton for one race, at the Sakhir Grand Prix. The 23-year-old proved he had the ability to win races but was deprived of it due to mistakes done by the team.

This year, with Bottas’ and Hamilton’s contracts ending at the end of the season, rumors concerning a possible signing of Russell to fill a vacant seat at Mercedes have intensified. 

Nonetheless, Toto Wolff has previously stated that Russell will not be transferred to Mercedes during the summer break and that he will give both Hamilton and Bottas all the time they need to decide their future.

On the other side of the negotiation table, Capito previously admitted that if Mercedes wanted to recruit the rising star of motorsport, it would probably be extremely difficult for Williams to retain him. 

Moreover, Russell still having a link with the German team, as he is still under contract with them, complexifies the business even more.

“I think that you know George is a Mercedes driver for many years so I don’t think they will let him go,” Capito said.

However, the 62-year-old recently gave a new opinion on the subject, suggesting that there might be a chance for the Grove-based team to keep their young talent even if he was handed a Mercedes contract.

Asked if he wanted to retain Russell at Williams for the long-term, the German was radical.

“Of course. He is doing a great job, he is a fantastic driver, we’ve created a really good relationship and I think he would fit really well with Williams for our future as well and I think if he believes in our future there might be a chance to keep him.”

“We will see. We’ve got time to talk about drivers. We are not in a need now to discuss that.”

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