CEO admits Williams could lose Russell
"It depends largely on the prospects at Mercedes for 2022"
Jost Capito, the new Williams CEO, admits the British team could lose George Russell to Mercedes for 2022.
2021 is 23-year-old Russell’s third season in Formula 1 with Williams, but he got a taste of life in the fastest lane late last year when Lewis Hamilton had covid-19.
"When he drove the Mercedes last year, that catapulted his self-confidence up even more," Capito told the German broadcaster n-tv.
"He is a very open guy and a demanding driver for the team. He’s a true professional, which is rarely seen at his age. I am sure he will become champion one day."
Seven time world champion Hamilton has only signed a new one-year deal with Mercedes, with team boss Toto Wolff openly admitting Russell is a clear option for the future.
When asked if Williams needs to be prepared to lose Russell, Capito answered: "Let’s see how the situation develops and whether he will remain at Williams next year.
"It depends largely on the prospects at Mercedes for 2022, when the regulations will change a lot, but also on the development within our own team."
As for Capito himself, he said returning to Formula 1 with Williams was an offer he "couldn’t say no to".
"Williams is the greatest challenge for me - and the greatest honour," said the 62-year-old German. "Taking over the team from the (Williams) family is a special task."
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