George Russell mentioned there was no change of an early Mercedes call-up as a result of his three-year contract with Williams was “watertight”.
Russell made his Method 1 breakthrough with the Williams crew, backed by Mercedes, occurring to determine himself as one of many brightest prospects on the grid.
Following the expiry of his Williams contract, Russell will now make the transfer to Mercedes for 2022, although some felt he ought to have been on condition that likelihood sooner.
After Lewis Hamilton examined optimistic for COVID forward of the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix, Mercedes and Williams struck a deal to draft Russell in as his substitute for the weekend.
It was there that Russell made an actual impression, qualifying simply 0.036s slower than Valtteri Bottas within the different Mercedes to safe P2 on the grid, earlier than occurring to manage the early phases of the race after taking the lead from Bottas.
Sadly, a Mercedes mix-up within the pits and later a puncture would deny Russell any likelihood of taking the win.
What that efficiency did although was result in requires Russell to exchange Bottas for 2021, although as an alternative he stayed at Williams.
And now Russell has revealed that was as a result of there was no manner out of his Williams deal, since that they had labored the truth that he had no different choice in F1 for 2019 of their favour.
Requested through the Motor Sport Journal Podcast whether or not he may have gotten to Mercedes sooner with out that Williams deal being in the best way, Russell replied: “It’s ifs and buts, isn’t it? They’re conversations that didn’t even actually occur as a result of we knew how watertight the contract was.
“The contracts… Mercedes created the contract and labored with Williams on my behalf, in order that they had been conscious that Williams had the entire energy.
“There was no motion there in any respect. Claire [Williams, former team boss] was fairly clear, she had an excellent deal from her aspect, as a result of she had the entire energy.
“Williams was the final seat in Method 1 – it was that or I wasn’t in F1. So she may actually tighten that contract down. However it was all in Williams’ favour.
“Clearly, you wish to have a little bit of flexibility, as a result of no one knew how the crew would carry out. However we had religion on the time that the crew would return to some higher outcomes.”
Russell has mentioned earlier than that the third season with Williams was maybe one too many, nevertheless it was doubtless his strongest F1 marketing campaign thus far.
Belgium proved the standout, as Russell certified P2 within the moist situations, that changing into his race outcome and first podium because the automobiles by no means had been launched by the Security Automobile because of the rain and fog.
He then secured P3 on the grid for the Russian Grand Prix in a season the place Russell collected 16 factors, serving to Williams to a 23-point hail which secured P8 within the Constructors’ Championship.
It was actually a powerful journey from beginning out in 2019 with equipment incapable of difficult the pack, and one which Russell says made him stronger.
“We had been able to do the three years there, as a result of I assumed it’d be actually good for my growth,” he confirmed.
“As issues panned out, I believe it has been excellent for my growth.”