Russell ready to grab Mercedes opportunity, but it won't come soon
George Russell insists he is ready to grab the opportunity to drive for Mercedes “with both hands” but doesn’t believe that is currently an option as he is currently contracted with Williams for two more seasons after 2019.
A former Mercedes junior driver, Russell has been tipped to eventually drive for the Silver Arrows whether it be as early as next season or in the future. Claire Williams has shot down speculation he could move in 2020 and Mercedes boss Toto Wolff agreed, but should the option be there, the Brit is going to take it.
"I obviously really and truly believe in myself. If I ever were to get an opportunity, it would be stupid to think I can go in there and beat Lewis [Hamilton] at the first race,” Russell told Motorsport.com
"In my opinion he's the best driver on the grid. But I feel like the potential's there, and you always learn with every single race, every single year.
"If the opportunity were to come, I feel absolutely confident I could take it with both hands and quickly learn as much as possible and be there ready to really deliver after a couple of races."
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