Williams driver George Russell thinks “it’s in everybody’s best interests” to seal the deal concerning his future as soon as possible and preferably before the end of the summer break.
Russell has been involved in lots of rumors concerning a possible move to Mercedes as soon as next year, considering his belonging to the Mercedes junior program and most importantly, his astonishing driving ability.
Although neither Mercedes nor Williams want to get ahead of themselves on the subject, it is not a secret for anybody that the 23-year-old Briton is putting Toto Wolff in an extremely delicate situation at the moment.
Speaking about his situation, Russell admits not wanting these contract talks to last an eternity and knows Mercedes wants the best for him. Nevertheless, the Briton thinks he is ready to fight for wins and championships and will only be fully satisfied with a championship-contending car in 2022.
“I think, naturally, we all want something decided either way by the summer break, really,” Russell told Motorsport.com. “I think it’s in everybody’s best interests.”
“But I think for all of us at the end of the day Mercedes do manage me, and they do want the best for my career. They are in a unique position, in that sense. But they just want the best for me. And if they believe I deserve the opportunity, then it’ll be there.”
“But I feel like I’m ready to fight for world championships and fight for victories.”
“So, wherever I find myself next year, I want to be in a car that will give me the chance to win races. Because I didn’t fight my whole career to get to F1 to be fighting for 15th and 16th.”