Christian Horner, Red Bull’s team principal, feels it would be foolish for the team to ignore George Russell as an option if he were available to sign.
Horner has revealed that if Russell were not under the Mercedes contract, he would have considered giving the Briton a chance.
“If George were to be on the market, you’d be foolish not to look at him, of course. I don’t believe that’s the case because of his agreement with Mercedes.”
Russell is arguably one of F1’s best young prospects and Horner believes the same as he feels the young Brit has completed his time as an apprentice and is ready for a bigger challenge in F1.
“He needs that chance. He needs that opportunity. Toto should give him a go. Lewis and George would be a strong dynamic. It would be great for British motorsport. I think he’s served his apprenticeship now.”
With Russell as a Mercedes junior driver, Horner has faith in their program and is sure that they are aware of the young talent brewing in Williams.
“I think if George was on the open market there would be a lot of teams looking to snap him up, because he’s a great young talent. But he is under contract to Mercedes and I’m sure they have a clear plan for him. He’s going to be champing at the bit to get his chance now. He’s served his apprenticeship and he’s obviously ready for that next step.”
Despite Red Bull’s inability to sign Russell, Mercedes will definitely want to act quickly in deciding their seat for 2022 as the entire paddock is taking note of Russell’s maturity and skills.