Williams team boss Jost Capito says he wishes that George Russell will get the 2022 Mercedes seat because he can “fight for the championship”.
George Russell is one of the two main candidates for Mercedes’ 2022 seat. With his original three-year contract with Williams set to expire at the end of this year, team principal Jost Capito says he hopes Mercedes will give him the opportunity to show what he can do.
“I wish that George gets the [Mercedes] seat because he’s in the position now, in his time of career, where he can handle to be in a top team and fight for the championship,” Capito said.
“I would never hold a young driver back if he can have this type of opportunity. So I hope for him, that he gets this opportunity.
“From the team’s side, we would very much love to keep him, so if he goes to Mercedes and gets the offer, he gets the full support from us. If not, he gets the full support from us.
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“That’s why we can easily wait for that driver decision whichever way it comes. We’ll be okay.”
The other candidate for Mercedes’ seat is their current driver Valtteri Bottas. There have been a lot of rumours swirling around that the Finn’s management is already talking to several teams to prepare for the possibility that he might not stay with Mercedes post 2021.
Capito says a lot of drivers are talking to Williams at the moment.
“I think every driver who hasn’t got a big seat for next year or has an option for next year is talking to us at the moment.
“It seems the Williams seat is the most aspired seat in F1 right now for a team that has to fill a seat,” concluded Williams’ team boss.