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F1 | Russell Williams Seat At Risk?

Rumours in the Italian media suggest George Russell may be at risk of losing his Williams seat next season, with team owners Dorilton Capital potentially courting out of work Sergio Perez.

Despite having impressed everyone since starting out his Grand Prix career in 2019, Mercedes junior and 2018 F2 Champion George Russell appears to be under pressure to retain his seat beyond the current season - with Williams apparently keen on securing the services of outgoing Racing Point driver Sergio Perez.

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Perez, 30, is without a drive in Formula One next season following Racing Point electing to sign four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel for 2020, and with the Mexican drivers' hopes of a seat with US outfit Haas appearing to be all but over, Williams have emerged as a potential destination for the 8 time podium finisher and his substantial sponsorship package - seemingly leaving Russell as the odd man out next season.

Dorilton are thought to be keen on retaining Nicholas Latifi into the new season, the Canadian himself coming complete with significant funding from his own wealthy family connections, and despite having never been out qualified by a teammate in Formula One and generally being regarded as a champion of the future, it looks like Russell could be the one to make way - at least until Mercedes find room in their dominant outfit for the 22-year-old Englishman...


Original source: it.motorsport.com

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Chris Down

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And thus continues the great multi-decade Williams tradition of ****ing over their drivers ;)

But seriously, if Russell were to go it would be simply farcical. The end result of such an outcome surely has to require a huge reevaluation of how F1 is being run. Everybody already knows that the 20 drivers in F1 are not necessarily the top 20 in the world -- there are plenty of reasons why other major talents might not make it there -- but to actually potentially eject someone who seems on the precipice of entering that exclusive club is just ridiculous.
 
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Russell should be Hamilton’s teammate, which would make Lewis‘ life a lot more difficult. Or... replace Albon at RB, so RB has 2 drivers that can put some pressure on Mercedes. Either way... Russell has to stay in F1... he could become a future WC.
 
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I would also add that he is doing better job than Bottas. And that is the problem for him at the moment.
There's no real evidence other than speculation that he's doing better than Bottas would in the same seat. Just look at Albon and Gasly failing to keep up with Verstappen, but doing fine against Kvyat. Russell hasn't (yet) had any reasonable challenge from a teammate. He's certainly had an impressive junior career, but as we've seen, that doesn't always translate.
 
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There's no real evidence other than speculation that he's doing better than Bottas would in the same seat. Just look at Albon and Gasly failing to keep up with Verstappen, but doing fine against Kvyat. Russell hasn't (yet) had any reasonable challenge from a teammate. He's certainly had an impressive junior career, but as we've seen, that doesn't always translate.
Exactly. Until,we see proof it is all speculation.

Mercedes dont want anyone to really challenge Lewis anyway. If they did, they would have selected Verstappen already. But Bottas is a strong number 2, sometimes outqualifying Hamilton.
 

BazzaLB

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Bottas is perfect for Mercedes setup. They don't want anyone rocking the boat for Hamilton. He picks up the necessary points to win constructors. They have no need to replace Bottas what so ever.

F1 has had its share of Donkeys racing through out its entire existence. No idea why people think the F1 Drivers are the top 20 drivers in the world. That's a complete fallacy. This has never been the case.
 

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Being part of Mercedes programme is both the best and the worst thing that happened to George. I mean in the junior series it was obviously helpful, but right now he is sort of blocked by Mercedes. He can't push his career forward and join some team which has competitive car until Mercedes decides to hire him instead of Bottas or Hamilton (if he decides to end his career).

It's sad because he had striking junior career and now has to struggle with unreliable car in formula 1 and may even lose his seat. It's hard to show what you're capable of when your car is only capable of fighting another one from the same team. Hope his career will get back to the right tracks and George will get the chance in some better team. Otherwise he will end up like Wehrlein, which is more painful because he's much more talented.
 
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Russell should be Hamilton’s teammate, which would make Lewis‘ life a lot more difficult. Or... replace Albon at RB, so RB has 2 drivers that can put some pressure on Mercedes. Either way... Russell has to stay in F1... he could become a future WC.
NO! screw RB, they will ruin his career which I think he is better than the brat skillswise, I think out of the young guns he is the best one yet, if that were to happen that he loses his seat, he will go to mercedes for a support driver role until a seat opens up. a shame really as I like both, him and Perez which I think it's a travesty what's going on with him.
 

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I would rather see Checo Perez and George Russell together in Williams. I think Perez will bring the experience, consistency, and points that Williams needs but not at the cost of Russell. Latiffi brings a lot of money to Williams and I don't think that Checo's own sponsors can match that so it's a high unlikely scenario but I believe it will be a good option for Williams.
 

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The obvious solution would be put him as reserve for a year, then give him the seat for 2022, new rule set, new everything... no need to continue the Bottas charade.
 

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Williams has no place to go but up.
The fears are rearing their ugly head already.
Patience is not the strong suit of most investment companies.
Checco...yes.
Russell....yes.
Latifi....reserve or sim duties.
He seems like a nice kid but he is not quite yet at F1 level.
Russell and Perez are the only 'fighting chance' for Williams to move the car development forward.
They're the only shot in hell to score any points at the moment.
Get rid of Russell and you lose half of that capability.
 
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Well, maybe the guys at Williams know more than we do.. This might be foreshadowing Hamilton calling it quits at the end of the Season so Russell would leave the team anyway.

Dumbass Lewis finally gone for good, George in a good car, Schumi Jr. and Kimi together at Alfa, Gasly getting a second shot at Red Bull and Ferrari being the laughing stock again;
I'd actually be inclined to give watching F1 another shot after 10 or so years of just reading results and the surrounding kindergarden drama :>
 
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I have to admit I'm a bit of a George-doubter. His junior career was impressive and his qualifying performance has been great in F1, beating Latifi by over half a second on average. But come race day, he just disappears. Not great on starts, and his race pace is not much better than Latifi.

Great drivers in poor cars can occasionally find ways to drag their car where it doesn't rightfully belong and make something unexpected happen. Russel just doesn't seem to do that
 
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I'm not worried long term, it'd be crazy to let Russell go to the wayside. He might have to sit 2021 out and do sim work/reserve driver duties (which does suck, I agree), but I think he'll get the big drive for 2022, as Bottas is signed only for 2021 with the team's option to extend, which means Merc is keeping their options open. I believe it's either gonna be:

A) Hamilton moves on after winning his 8th Championship in 2021. Merc's new team will be Bottas and Russell.

or

B) Hamilton stays on for at least 2022 (to set the record at 10 WDC and 100+ wins lol) and they move Russell into Bottas' seat to have Lewis mentor him as his eventual successor. As for Bottas, they might do a Kimi/Charles type of swap and Bottas goes back to Williams, who would jump at the chance to have him help with car development.
 
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