Mercedes’ executive director Toto Wolff said the team may have already decided on the roster for 2022.
Lewis Hamilton signed a two-year contract with Mercedes, but it was not announced officially who would become his partner. The main contender to replace Valtteri Bottas is considered to be George Russell of Williams.
“Let’s see what decision we make – or have already taken, but did not report it. Unfortunately, I have no news, but telling the pilot “It’s over” is one of the hardest conversations I can have. I would rather not do that. Despite the fact that it is incredibly difficult, unpleasant discussions are part of my job, ”Wolff said in an interview with RTL.
The Austrian answered a question about Russell’s progress:
“He certainly has the qualities required to win the title. But its development should be approached carefully, which is what we are doing.
It is important that both riders (Bottas and Russell) have a future. We are discussing alternative options with them. “
Wolff will help Bottas with a place in “F1”: “This is my responsibility, he deserves a great future.”
George Russell: “I have a positive attitude to rumors about moving to Mercedes”
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