Toto Wolff says contracts are not signed for 2022 driver line-up

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Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff says Mercedes’ 2022 line-up is “not done” yet, and he doesn’t want to “commit to a day” when the announcement will be made.

Strong rumours say that George Russell is almost certain to get a Mercedes seat for 2022. The young Briton said on Thursday that he already knows where he will be driving next year.

However, when Toto Wolff was asked if the deal was done, he said it wasn’t.

“George says something is done,” Sky F1’s Simon Lazenby told Wolff on Friday.

“’Done’ means signed?” Wolff asked.

“Is it agreed?” Lazenby persisted.

“It’s not done yet,” the Austrian ultimately said.

“We know that you guys have been asking for all the right reasons, but I think you also need to go through the process one step at a time, then announce when there’s something to announce.

“The process is to make sure everybody is in a good place and all the contracts are signed.”

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When it was suggested to Wolff that the arrival of Russell might cause some friction within the team, the same way that the combination of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg was volatile, the Austrian said Mercedes has learned its lessons from the past.

“All personalities are different, and also the situation between the two team-mates is also the people and their past.

“I think something we have learned, I have personally learned from the Prost situation with Senna, spoke to Prost about it and I was learning on the job with Nico and Lewis.

“If we were to run in a situation [where] we have drivers battling it out there, I think we can benefit from the learnings.”

During the media sessions Wolff was asked when an announcement regarding Mercedes’ 2022 driver line-up could be expected.

“Every step in the process needs to be done diligently,” Mercedes’ team boss explained.

“We are on the way doing that, but I don’t want to commit to a day, because then you guys will be hounding us even more.

“Our experience is, we had it with Esteban [Ocon], if a contract is not signed, it’s not signed,” concluded Wolff.

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