As George Russell is still unsure about his situation from next year on, Williams CEO Jost Capito believes the Briton would still be happy if he had to stay with Williams in 2022.
The driver market situation is getting tenser as the Summer break is approaching. Mercedes have recently expressed doubts concerning their future lineup and are unsure if anything will be decided by the Belgian Grand Prix. On the other hand, Russell has already spoken his mind and wants to find a stable situation, preferably a multi-year deal, as soon as possible.
Capito already expressed multiple times his great appreciation towards Russell and would want to keep him for as long as possible, although he knows that a proposition from Mercedes would make it pretty much impossible for the Grove-based team to retain the 23-year-old.
Nonetheless, if the silver arrows decided to re-enroll their 2021 lineup for an additional season like Hamilton asked for, Capito remains confident that Russell is feeling at home with Williams and would continue with them.
“George’s contract ends at the end of the year, a three-year contract that ends, that’s it: he’s free at the end of the year,” Capito said.
“Of course, if he would get the chance to go in a Mercedes, he would be stupid not doing it.”
“But if he doesn’t get the chance to get into the Mercedes, I think he would be quite happy to stay at Williams.”
“I think at the moment, he likes being at Williams. He likes working with us. He sees where the team is going. He sees the changes we are doing, the approach we are taking. So he’s very supportive and positive about all of that.”
“Of course we have to have a back-up plan, because we also see the likeliness that Mercedes will give him an offer. And then we have to see.”
“But at the moment, I don’t see that we have any need to act on anything before Mercedes has decided what they’re going to do.”