• George Russell has been photographed sitting on the Aston Martin F1 team's pit wall.
• Russell drives for the Williams team and is linked with a future move to Mercedes.
• It is rumoured that he will replace Valtteri Bottas at the team in 2022.
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Without context, one can easily assume the wrong thing and draw a conclusion that is far removed from the truth. Whether it's just reading a headline and not the accompanying text or seeing X do something to Y, we humans can sometimes be quick to make false conclusions.
During this past Sunday's Azerbaijan Grand Prix, something similar happened when the Aston Martin Formula 1 team tweeted the following: "Rumours we've given George Russell a seat are correct."
Without context, we can easily assume that the Williams driver has been signed to the Aston Martin team. I mean, it would not be such a farfetched idea given the close ties between Aston and the Mercedes-AMG team (Russell is signed to Mercedes, as well). Also, Toto Wolff, Merc's team boss, and Lawrence Stroll, Aston Martin team owner, are friends and close business associates. After all, Wolff convinced Sebastian Vettel to join the Green team from Ferrari, so signing Russell would not be that strange.
But no, the text was supported by an image of Russell sitting on Aston Martin's pit wall after the race was stopped following Max Verstappen's massive crash. But is Russell signed to Aston Martin? No, he is firmly contracted to Williams and Mercedes.
Russell's (unknown) future
Russell has been racing in F1 since the start of the 2019 season. While doing his utmost to take Williams forward, the team has been languishing at the back of the field. Yet Russell is performing above the car's potential, which only substantiates his signing. However, Russell is also linked to the Mercedes-AMG team and is firmly touted to move to the team. It's just that the move to Mercedes does not have a date to it…
With Valtteri Bottas performing below an acceptable level, rumours have been circulating that the Finnish driver has been informed that his contract will not be renewed for 2022. These very rumours also suggest that Russell has been given the green light to race for the team alongside defending champion Lewis Hamilton. Both Bottas and Hamilton are out of contract at the end of 2021, but Wolff has gone on record to say that he wants to sign Hamilton to a new deal as soon as possible.
No word on Bottas, however.
Russell has been hyped as the driver Mercedes-AMG needs to sign, and it is believed that he will finally get his big break in 2022. If true, it will be one of the best decisions Wolff and co. have made in recent years.