Russell has raced with Williams since the start of the 2019 season, captaining the team and scoring points for the first time this past Sunday.
As part of the Mercedes Young Drivers Program, to which he has belonged since 2017, Russell has received the support of the German team during his time in F1 and there has been talk time and again about the possibility of making the leap in 2022.
Mercedes is expected to decide between Russell and current driver Valtteri Bottas sometime in the summer break that kicked off this Monday after the Hungarian GP.
Williams has said that he would be delighted to continue working with Russell if he did not get the opportunity at Mercedes, and they will not make any decisions about their lineup for next year until Mercedes decides.
When asked, before the summer break, if he could say which way the wind was blowing on Russell’s future, Williams’ CEO, Jost Got itHe replied, “No, and I don’t care.”
In addition, he went on to say that he would like Russell to have a chance to impress with Mercedes, but that Williams would offer his full support regardless of the decision.
“I would like George to get that seat, because right now he is in a position in his career where he can manage to be in a top team and fight for the championship,” Capito said.
“I would never retain a young driver if he has that kind of opportunity. So I hope for him that he gets the chance.”
“From a team point of view, of course we would love to keep it. So if Mercedes comes along and receives the offer, they will have our full support. If not, they will also have our full support.”
“And so, on the part of our pilot, we can wait until that decision is made, whatever it is. We will be fine.”
Russell shone in his only appearance for Mercedes at the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix, when he replaced Lewis Hamilton, qualifying second and fighting to win the race before a last minute puncture.
Mercedes’ decision on who will partner Hamilton next year is set to create a ripple effect in next year’s driver market.
Williams is one of the few teams with two vacant seats for the 2022 season, making it a major player in the so-called silly season.
The team has stated time and again that it would take its time deciding its lineup for next year, and it appears to now attract the interest of drivers as it continues its recovery under new owners Dorilton Capital.
“I think all the drivers who don’t have a fixed seat for next year, or who have an option for next year, are talking to us right now,” Capito said.
“It is the most desired seat in Formula 1 right now.”