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Russell amused by drivers contacting him, Wolff over Mercedes seat

George Russell says he has had drivers contacting him as well as team boss Toto Wolff in relation to the vacant Mercedes seat that will be left by Lewis Hamilton.

Hamilton is joining Ferrari in 2025, bringing to an end his 12-year stint with Mercedes and leaving one of the most competitive seats on the grid available. With multiple drivers also out of contract at the end of this season, Russell says he’s willing to be paired with anyone and has been receiving calls and messages himself as well as his team principal.

“It’s going to be an interesting few months to see what happens,” Russell said. “From my side, I’ve been teammates with arguably the greatest driver of all time for the past two years, and I’ve got no concerns at all who lines up alongside me. I want to be tested against the very best.

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“I feel that’s what I’ve had the last two years. Whether it’s an experience driver or a young driver, I feel that personally I’m in a great position to help push the team forward and go into this next chapter for the team.

“I think for any team, it’s good to have harmony between the drivers, because that trickles down to all of the engineers and the whole team. But ultimately the decision is with Toto and the board.