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Russell’s Mercedes crawl is ‘decided’

It’s “decided” that George Russell is headed to Mercedes for 2022, basically based totally on frail Formulation 1 driver Ralf Schumacher.

That’s irrespective of the truth that 1997 world champion Jacques Villeneuve thinks Toto Wolff and Lawrence Stroll could well perchance additionally very effectively be engaged on a shock different concept.

Primarily based on Villeneuve, it’ll be Aston Martin owner Stroll’s son Lance who turns into Lewis Hamilton’s subsequent teammate at Mercedes – with Valtteri Bottas heading to Aston Martin.

That could well drag away Russell stranded at Williams – but Schumacher doesn’t take into memoir it that diagram.

“It’s true that Stroll and Wolff are shut guests,” the German told Auto Bild.

“However how a ways would they drag? I don’t deem Stroll has influence at Mercedes. I deem that’s the put aside Russell could be.”

As for Bottas, Ralf said: “Toto will attempt to crawl him to any other put aside.

“I take into memoir Alfa Romeo and Williams initially, but finally there’s additionally the connection to Aston Martin.”

The immense giveaway for Schumacher is the truth that Russell drove Bottas’ 2021 automobile in Hungary last week for the 18-fling Pirelli tyre test.

“That’s no accident,” Ralf said. “For me, that used to be a decided rate.”

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