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Russell plays down Mercedes links ahead of 2022 F1 season

Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas are both out of contract at the end of the 2021 Formula 1 season. George Russell is viewed by many to have the inside track on one of the seats, but the Brit downplayed speculation linking him with a move.

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Although George Russell has been heavily linked with a move to Mercedes in 2022, the British driver has reiterated his focus is on getting Williams out from the back of the Formula 1 grid after the team revealed their new car on Friday.

The Grove based team unveiled the FW43B to the world in subdued fashion after their planned virtual experience was cancelled, with the Brit and Nicholas Latifi back for another season. However with Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas out of contract at the end of the season, Russell has been heavily linked with a move to the team next season, but the 23-year-old was in no mood to add to that speculation.

"First and foremost I'm a Williams driver this year," he told RacingNews365.com and other members of the media. "There's a lot of speculation and thoughts ahead of the 2022 season and where I'll be.

"It's an interesting position for me but as it currently stands given the whole investment from Dorilton and the changes I've already seen taken place at Williams. Williams have finished last in the constructors for the past three seasons and I don't think that will be the case in 2022.

"I see a very bright future here. There's a massive opportunity for every team in F1 for 2022 and with the investment we've got with, the guys who already here with with the likes of Jost [Capito] for guys who are coming in the relationship has been built with Mercedes, it is looking very exciting for the team. I guess I've got a very interesting decision on my hands towards the middle of this year, but I'm not even thinking about that."


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