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George Russell

Russell denies Mercedes contract for 2022 will be announced at Silverstone

Amid continued speculation about his future, George Russell has stated that his plans for 2022 - be it with Mercedes or Williams - aren't going to be confirmed over the British Grand Prix weekend.

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George Russell has denied speculation that his plans for 2022 will be announced at the upcoming British Grand Prix.

The Williams driver continues to be linked to a move to Mercedes and there had been rumour that the switch could be confirmed when the F1 calendar heads to Silverstone this weekend. However, Russell says that his future - wherever it may lie - is not going to be made clear just yet.

"I signed with Mercedes five or six years ago now, that is 100 percent true," Russell jokingly told the F1 Nation podcast about his long-term role as a Mercedes junior driver when asked if he had signed with the Silver Arrows.

"As everybody knows, they look after me. But, with regards to my drive for next year, nothing has been signed or sealed and nothing will be announced in Silverstone, so I can let you know that."

In the meantime, Russell will be looking to continue Williams' recent run of stronger performance when he arrives at Silverstone, and the Briton is confident that the team can keep on progressing beyond 2021.

"The change of structure and everything that's going on at Williams is incredibly exciting," Russell explained. "Obviously the team have finished last for the past three years in a row. I'm pretty confident that will not be the case next year.

"Things are really making a turn for the better. Things are really getting in line and in place. Jost [Capito, team principal] is doing a fantastic job building that structure for everybody to be more efficient, more streamlined, and every single decision that's been made so far I think has been a good one for the right reasons.

"I see no reason why, over the course of the next number of years, Williams can't fight their way back to the front."

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