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Russell rules Red Bull switch "impossible"

Russell rules Red Bull switch "impossible"

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Russell rules Red Bull switch "impossible"

Russell rules Red Bull switch "impossible"

George Russell has ruled a move to Red Bull as "impossible" but has conceded he is flattered by the interest from the championship-leading team.

The Williams driver is in a straight fight with Valtteri Bottas to land the second seat at Mercedes for 2022, a switch that would complete a career-long journey through the junior ranks with the German manufacturer.

Red Bull had indicated it would be "worth considering" a move for Russell should the British driver not make the step up to Mercedes, but speaking to RTL, the 23-year-old dismissed all possibilities of a move to partner Max Verstappen.

"It is impossible for me to drive at Red Bull next year," he insisted.

"I am a Mercedes driver. Mercedes has been by my side throughout my career. As a young driver, Mercedes has given me many opportunities."

"Of course it's nice to get positive feedback from the Formula 1 scene or to hear about the interest of other teams, but my only loyalty is to Mercedes."

Decision to be made at 'Spa at the earliest'

The decision on whether to stick or twist for Mercedes has major implications on the rest of the F1 driver market, with a free agent of Bottas' calibre certain to catch the eyes of teams yet to finalise a lineup.

Asked when a decision could be expected, Russell indicated: "At the Spa race the earliest possible time would be, but certainly not earlier.

"That kind of thing just takes time. And we have to decide that at the right moment and it just hasn't come yet."

"This season is so intense for everyone, for the teams and also for the drivers. This decision about me is simply not a priority. We are not even halfway through the season and are already talking about the next one."

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Colin

What a level-headed and sensible young man.

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Colin
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Colin

What a level-headed and sensible young man.

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His loyalty is to Mercedes while he thinks there's a seat for him next year, but if Hamilton loses the championship this year he might block the upstart because having Bottas replaced by Russell could dilute his points tally next year.

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I still don't understand. This is a guy that loses positions in every race this year. And is one oif the few drivers I know to drive his car into a wall behind the safety car

He's a good driver, maybe almost as good as Bottas. Bottas, you know who could not beat a 0.5 seconds slower Red Bull last year

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Rick74

Thats a shame George and Max would be a great match for red bull

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