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Sports Because of Russell's future: Toto Wolff confirms talks with Williams

14:40  24 october  2020
14:40  24 october  2020 Source:   formel1.de

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Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff has conceded that George Russell ’ s future at Williams will Williams announced back in July that both Russell and Nicholas Latifi would be staying with the team Wolff confirmed that Mercedes has contacted Williams about Russell ’ s position at the Grove-based squad.

Russell said on Thursday that he had “no concerns” about his future with Williams , and that he has a firm contract in place for next year. But when asked to confirm that Russell and Latifi will be with the team in 2021, Roberts replied: “I’m not going to say anything about either of our drivers.

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff reveals that he met with Williams to talk about the future of George Russell - but it is not in his hands

Quo vadis, George Russell? © Motorsport Images Quo vadis , George Russell?

The future of George Russell is entirely in the hands of Williams. That emphasizes Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff when asked about the latest rumors in the paddock. On the sidelines of the Portugal weekend, Williams team boss Simon Roberts did not want to commit and did not deny rumors about a transfer by Sergio Perez.

Russell himself stressed on Thursday that he was "not worried" about his future. He will hold talks with the management of the team in Portugal. Actually, the Mercedes junior had already been confirmed in July, he should complete his third year in 2021.

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George Russell makes good impressions. A well-handled first meeting with Toto Wolff ultimately yielded a spot in the Mercedes driver programme and a phone call helped him get his gig with Williams this year. I think we might have another young British boy here that can become a star in the future .”

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But due to the sale of the team and the change in management, the Briton's whereabouts are no longer set in stone. The new owners, Dorilton Capital, could look for alternatives. The hottest stock on the market right now is Sergio Perez.

Dorilton Capital Chairman Matthew Savage was in Portimao on Friday. Team boss Roberts fueled the rumor mill with his statements in the press conference. Although "nothing has changed" in the line-up, he did not want to confirm Russell or Nicholas Latifi for 2021 either.

Could Russell really become a victim of driver poker and be left empty-handed without a cockpit in the coming year? In any case, the Mercedes junior, who has been Toto Wolff's protégé since 2017, cannot rely on the Austrian's help.

In the top team, the Briton was passed over again for the place alongside Lewis Hamilton. Valtteri Bottas was renewed for another year, which forced Russell to stay with Williams. Should Perez get one of the two places in the traditional racing team, things could be tight for him there too.

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Toto Wolff believes that Formula 2 championship leader George Russell is not in as tricky a position as fellow Mercedes junior Esteban Ocon as both Both drivers have been tipped as candidates for a seat with Williams - one of the few teams with a seat still free - in 2019, but Mercedes motorsport

"In the end it is Williams' decision. We all know George's abilities. He is a star of the future and remains unbeaten in the [qualifying] duel against his team-mates," emphasizes Wolff. "He's still able to show off with a car that isn't competitive at the moment."

On the other hand, there are also financial aspects that Wolff cannot assess. Since team-mate Latifi is endowed with ample dowry thanks to his father, Russell would have to leave the team in the event of a Perez signing.

"It is entirely at the discretion of the new owners and Simon to decide what they want in the future." The Austrian also admits that Mercedes has already got in touch with Williams to explore Russell's chances. "But in the end it's your choice."

Who slept best last night: Toto Wolff .
It couldn't be better: Toto Wolff once again led Mercedes to two World Championship titles and a Formula 1 record in Imola © Mercedes AMG Race Winner Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes- AMG F1, second place Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes-AMG F1, Toto Wolff, Executive Director (Business), Mercedes AMG celebrates the seventh constructors title Dear readers, he may only have had a short night and smelled of champagne, but Toto Wolff should have slept best after the Emilia-Romagna-Grand-Prix in Imola .

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