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George Russell has admitted he wouldn’t say no if Red Bull invited him for a chat about driving for them. The 23-year-old Williams star has been linked with replacing Valtteri Bottas at Mercedes for the 2022 F1 season.
Ahead of the British Grand Prix this weekend, Russell has been speaking about his future.
Russell admitted he never closes doors and when asked about Helmut Marko’s comments on him he refused to rule out what would be a surprising switch.
His preferred move would be to Mercedes who have backed him throughout his career.
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Russell said on the F1 Nations podcast: “I always try to keep every relationship open. I’m not someone who likes to slam doors.
“If someone invited me for a chat, I wouldn’t say no. You never know what will happen in the future.”
Red Bull chief Marko has admitted he is impressed with Russell at Williams and he is someone the team would definitely consider.
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“Russell is certainly worth considering with the performances he is now showing at Williams,” Marko told Motorsport-Total.com.
“The only thing is, that’s so Utopian, because if Mercedes let him go, that would be such a faux pas, that I honestly can’t imagine it.”
Marko added that he is anticipating a Mercedes approach for Russell ahead of next season, and when asked if Red Bull will make an offer if the move does not come to fruition, he replied: “If I am informed correctly, then that is not relevant.”
Russell has poured cold water on the idea of him being announced as a Mercedes driver this weekend though.
“I signed with Mercedes five or six years ago now, that is 100 percent true,” Russell jokingly told the F1 Nation podcast about his long-term role as a Mercedes junior driver when asked if he had signed.
“As everybody knows, they look after me.
“But, with regards to my drive for next year, nothing has been signed or sealed and nothing will be announced in Silverstone, so I can let you know that.”
The British Grand Prix takes place this weekend with the first ever sprint race on Saturday and qualifying on Friday evening.
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