World News – CA – Williams boss dismisses questions about Perez, driver picks


Williams declined to rule out a move for Sergio Perez on Friday as speculation mounted that the Mexican could replace George Russell at the tail of the Formula 1 team next season

Acting team manager Simon Roberts has been repeatedly invited during a videoconference to confirm that contract drivers Russell and Canadian Nicholas Latifi will stay and have refused to do so

Williams changed ownership in August, with US company Dorilton Capital taking over The team had previously confirmed both pilots for 2021

« There are a lot of good drivers looking for seats Dorilton bought the team and nothing has changed I can’t say more, » said Roberts

When asked if that meant the drivers were staying, he replied, « I’m not going to say anything about any of our drivers They both do a great job

When it was pointed out that the team could end all speculation by ruling out a move for Perez, Roberts replied, “Maybe, but we just don’t mean anything, in any way ‘another

The 2018 F2 champion Russell has yet to score a point in the sport’s lowest-ranked squad but is a growing talent with a long-term commitment to engine supplier Mercedes, who could take him over at the end of next season

Perez is replaced at Racing Point, which will become Aston Martin next year, by quadruple world champion Sebastian Vettel

The Mexican is said to provide strong support from his sponsors as his country’s only F1 driver, and is well noted as a points and podium scorer

The 30-year-old might be a better long-term prospect than a young driver prepared for the eventual benefit of another team

« I have a contract for next year, » said Russell, an argument also used by Perez who had wanted to stay at Racing Point but found the deal was far from binding

« I’ve obviously seen some speculation The facts are that there are a lot of good drivers on the grid looking for racing seats, some of whom have a lot of support behind them »

Latifi is already making a financial contribution to the team through sponsorship of companies linked to his wealthy father Michael

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World News – CA – Williams boss dismisses questions about Perez and the pilots’ choices



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