George Russell: “I’m lucky to be linked to Mercedes”

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Williams driver George Russell talks about his current team’s problems and says he’s lucky to be a part of Mercedes’ junior programme.

The Briton entered Formula 1 in 2019 with Williams, after winning consecutive GP3 and Formula 2 titles. However the team has had two very rough seasons in 2018 and 2019, mostly struggling at the back of the grid.

With the 2020 season delayed due to the coronavirus crisis, the British team is facing financial problems, as it mostly depends on sponsorship revenue. Russell is said to have signed a 3-year deal with Williams at the end of 2018, which means he is required to drive for the team for at least two more season.

However, as a member of Mercedes’ junior driver programme, Russell is expected to ultimately drive for the German team, a fact that he is well aware of. In Sky Sports’ Vodcast Russell was asked about his current team’s situation and what his plans are if he is again relegated to the back of the grid.

“I don’t really know if I’m being honest, but I have a contract with Williams and it’s no secret we’re going through a difficult time,” said the Briton.

“The team is doing everything they can to get through this, the situation of the last few years, they are trying to produce a better car for me and Nicholas [Latifi].

“But I’m lucky to be linked to Mercedes, so who knows. But at the moment I’m focusing on my work and what will come, that will come.”

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