Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff revealed the team has already decided on who will race alongside Lewis Hamilton for the 2022 season.
The rumors inside the Formula 1 community as to who will fill the remaining Mercedes seat for next year, especially between George Russell and Valtteri Bottas, are close to coming to an end, as Wolff revealed the Silver Arrows already knows who’ll race alongside their 7-time world champion next year.
When asked if a decision had been made, Wolff replied “yes” on two occasions, adding: “I’ve always been genuine with you.”
The Mercedes F1 boss also joked around the decision, saying he was “a little bit disappointed, because [Russell] should have been on pole,” but clarified that Russell’s results made no impact on their decision.
“I think we know what we have with George,” he said.
“He’s been outstanding in the junior categories, he’s been outstanding at Williams, he’s been outstanding when he’s been [racing for Mercedes] in Bahrain.
“And if I needed to have that ultimate proof, then something would have been wrong. It’s not only down only to, the decision is also considering other factors.
“If it would have been an easy decision, we would have made it earlier, because we know what we have with Valtteri and we know what we have with George,” he added.
“Both of them deserve being looked after. Both deserve to be looked after in the best possible way, because both of them are part of the family, and we hold them up high.
“So there are pros and cons, like with any driver line-up, and at the end, there is no such thing as a perfect discussion.
“We just need to manage it well, and manage the situation well, with whoever driver is not going to be in Mercedes next year, and make sure there is an exciting program, and on the other side, manage the situation internally like we’ve always had.”