Russell ready for Mercedes chance

In the round-up: George Russell says he feels ready to take up the challenge of joining world champions Mercedes.

In brief

Russell eager for Mercedes chance

Mercedes have confirmed Lewis Hamilton will continue to drive for them for the next two seasons, but the identity of his team mate is yet to be confirmed.

The team’s CEO Toto Wolff is known to be weighing up the possibility of replacing Valtteri Bottas with Russell. However the Williams driver played down the possibility of forming an all-British line-up with Hamilton at the team.

“I guess, hypothetically, that could be exciting to some, especially British fans,” he said in a podcast for Silverstone. “But I won’t talk about hypotheticals just yet. I just want to be fighting for victories, fighting for world championships.”

The Williams driver said he feels “ready” for the opportunity. “I’ve spent three years working my way up from the back to the midfield, performing at my absolute maximum, trying to get the most out of my team around me. And I think we’ve done a really good job and a really solid job.

“But it is different when you are fighting for victories and fighting for championships, as I experienced in my junior career. That’s what I live for and. Hopefully that day will come sooner rather than later. I got a small taste last year, but I want to taste it week in, week out.”

No early release for Aston Martin-bound aerodynamicist

Red Bull’s head of aerodynamic Dan Fallows will not leave them to join rivals Aston Martin until after the 2022 F1 season, team principal Christian Horner has insisted.

“Our situation with Dan is really clear,” said Horner. “He’s working on the car, he’s working on next year’s car. He’s still got a significant amount of time.

“He only signed a contract at the end of last year. So there’s a significant period of time before mid-’23 comes up. So, we’ll obviously keep him busy during the time, during the rest of his contract.”

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