Mercedes junior driver George Russell has said he is loyal to the Silver Arrows and described them as being in control of his “destiny.”
The young British talent has been in exceptional form this year, and he narrowly missed out on scoring his first points in Formula 1 with the Williams team at last weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix.
Russell has been strongly linked with a move to Mercedes for 2022, with Valtteri Bottas reportedly set to effectively swap seats with him and re-join Williams, though Nico Hulkenberg and Daniil Kvyat are also believed to be on the team’s shortlist.
Speaking ahead of the British Grand Prix, which will take place at Silverstone next weekend, Russell said he is in “constant communication” with Mercedes and has always been told by them that he will be rewarded for his performances at some point.
“I’m in constant communication with Mercedes obviously because they have always looked after me,” Russell said.
“I’m their junior driver and they are in control of my destiny as such, wherever that may be. They have always said ‘if you do a good job, you’ll be rewarded’. It’s as simple as that.
“I’ll have a Mercedes engine at the back of me next year no matter what. I’m a Mercedes driver, I’m loyal to Mercedes. I want to be fighting for victories and World Championships.
“I’ve worked so hard to get into Formula 1 and I didn’t work that hard to be fighting for P15. I’m here to win, I want to win and that’s what I want to do sooner rather than later.
“I’m just doing my best week in week out and what will come from that, who knows,” he concluded.