Acting Williams Racing team principal Simon Roberts has refused to confirm the team’s driver line-up for next season amid rumours that they are looking to replace George Russell with Sergio Perez.
When asked by RaceFans.net to confirm the team’s 2021 driver line-up, Roberts replied: “I’m just not going to talk about it.
“Dorilton bought the team, nothing changed with regard to the drivers. There’s just so much speculation, rumours, it’s crazy. It’s silly season, after all. We’re not saying any more than that.”
Roberts was later asked the same question by another reporter, to which he replied: “There’s lots of speculation. There’s lots of good drivers around that are looking for seats.
“Dorilton bought the team and nothing changed. I can’t say anything more than that.”
Earlier this week, a source told Formula1News.co.uk that Williams are planning to replace George Russell with Sergio Perez next season.
“The new owners of Williams want to have two pay drivers in the team to give them the best chance of having a good car in 2022,” the source told this publication.
“They obviously know that George [Russell] is a stronger driver than Nicholas Latifi, but they believe that the improvements they can make to the car as a result of the additional money [from Perez and Latifi] will offset the difference in driver performance.”
Meanwhile, Williams told Formula1News.co.uk managing editor Suliman Mulhem that they “have no comment to add on the rumours.”
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