adrianjordan wrote: ↑
Sun Jul 25, 2021 9:50 pm
The best argument for Russell to Merc next year is that Merc need to stop another team poaching him.
What if Merc aren't the top team next year, Ferrari are and they approach him to replace Sainz or RBR approach him.
He won't wait around forever, his reputation is already being tarnished in some people's eyes.
So many of the knowledgeable pundits seem to think it's a done deal and, frankly, if he was staying at Williams, then he'd have said as much when asked.
I think you are right, but, where would he go?
I don't see Ferrari changing their drivers for at least 3 years, which would probably be his target other than Merc.
Red Bull should keep the drivers for at least next year, so no rush there, and other than Mclaren, which would be nice, there is only AM and Alpine left worth heading for, and these are marginal really.
I did say a while ago that any combination of Russell Stroll and Bottas would be good at Am, but Seb seems to have picked up a little now, and I really don't see Seb or Bottas at Williams.
If Merc can do some sort of deal to get Russell at AM for a year, that would be a good result for all 3 concerned, but other than that Russell would be better off waiting at Williams I think.
I would not like to see him go to Red Bull with the way they operate a lead car and a back up, and I am not so sure about Ferrari either. Drivers tend to love it or hate it there and it is somewhat of a poised chalice sometimes and he has little experience of other teams.
He said he will have a Merc engine next year, so its Williams, Merc, Mclaren, or AM
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