Mercedes wants to complete driver line-up by Belgian GP

Formula One – Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, British GP 2021. Toto Wolff. Credits: Daimler.

Toto Wolff confirms that Mercedes intends to make a decision regarding the second seat for 2022 by the end of summer break.

One of the biggest debate topics in this year’s Silly Season is surely the second seat at Mercedes. The discussions involving Valtteri Bottas and George Russell have been on since the start of the 2021 campaign. More than that, there have even been rumors that the Williams driver is set to be announced as Lewis Hamilton’s newest teammate at the British GP. However, this was not true. Mercedes’ team principal Wolff assures that the decision will be made by the Belgian GP.

“I think it’s important for Valtteri and George to know where they will be driving next year. That’s going to happen. I expect some questions in Spa,” he said.

Russell himself admits that he will keep the same mindset next year no matter what.

“We’re obviously going into a season with massive regulation changes, and we have no idea what the future holds for every team, as we’ve seen 2014, 2009, nobody would have predicted the outcomes of those results,” he commented.

“And, obviously, it’s a bigger change now. So, I’d say wherever I end up next year, what is required from me as a driver doesn’t change. The goal is to develop a car, develop the team to one that will give you the best possible results. And as a driver, deliver the maximum and try and win races.

“Obviously, from a Williams’ perspective, it may sound a little bit silly, where we’re sat right here at the moment, but they’ve got a clear mid to long-term plan that they want to get the team back to the front. So wherever I find myself next year, I’m going to be giving 110 percent, I’ll be fully dedicated, fully motivated because I just want to win.”

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