Russell: Nothing about future will be announced at Silverstone

George Russell, 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix, Saturday

George Russell has denied that there will be an announcement about his future made during the British Grand Prix at Silverstone this weekend.

It has been widely rumoured that Russell could be in line to replace Valtteri Bottas alongside Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes next season, after an impressive spell with Williams over the past two and a half years. As result, he has emerged as a key factor in the powerplay of the 2022 silly season.

The 23-year-old was excellent on his one appearance for Mercedes at last year’s Sakhir Grand Prix, where he replaced the absent Hamilton, but he insisted nothing has yet been decided.

“I signed with Mercedes five or six years ago now, that is 100% true, as everybody knows they look after me,” Russell told the F1 Nation podcast.

“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.”

Russell is out of contract at the end of this season, having been a Mercedes junior driver throughout his Formula 1 career.

The 2018 F2 champion will be racing at Silverstone for the fourth time in F1 this weekend, where he will be hoping for the home fans to cheer him on to a points finish.

“There’s nothing more I think a driver can give purely because it’s a home race, because you’re giving your absolute maximum,” he added.

“But I think that additional excitement of your home race does naturally give you a bit more enthusiasm. So maybe that’s where the extra performance comes from.

“The difficult bit, I guess, is there’s a lot of media scrutiny and a lot of activities going on during that week. And just balancing that out, really, because it is the biggest from a marketing perspective, the biggest event of the year for us. But ultimately, we can’t let that have an effect on the racing. So it’s just finding that right balance.”