Russell to soon start working with Mercedes, Bottas still involved

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Mercedes reveals that George Russell will “slowly but surely” start working with Mercedes this year, while Valtteri Bottas remains “completely involved”.

George Russell will be joining Mercedes in 2022, but team boss Toto Wolff reveals he will start getting involved with the team even before the 2021 season in over.

“Over the autumn we’re going to slowly but surely collaborate more without ever jeopardising or interfering into the current championship,” said Wolff.

“But we haven’t started yet. We need to respect that George is still a Williams driver and needs to do the utmost for Williams to climb up the ranks in the Constructors’ Championship and he’s done a good job so far.

“And we have Valtteri and Lewis, they are our drivers,” concluded the Austrian.

Williams CEO Jost Capito reveals that the young Briton is not doing much work developing the team’s 2022 car, but he is still kept in the loop.

“There is not much involvement of the drivers for next year development yet,” Capito said.

“He’s doing his job preparing the races and preparing for the rest of the season.”

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When asked, Capito says Russell is still using the team’s simulator.

“Of course… there’s nothing changed after the decision that he’s at Mercedes next year,” concluded the Williams boss.

Mercedes also reveals that Valtteri Bottas, who is on his way out of the team, is still “completely involved with everything”.

“Valtteri is a team member as much as any one of us is, and we’re completely involving him in everything,” said the team’s Trackside Engineering Director Andrew Shovlin.

“Both these championships mean a lot to us, and Valtteri will play a really key role in the Drivers’ as much as even in the Constructors’ Championship, so there’s no sense in starting to cut him out of any information.

“Valtteri has been with us for a long time. He knows how the team works. He knows how we approach the engineering of the car.

“It doesn’t make any sense for us not to include him fully,” concluded the Briton.

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