Williams acting team principal Simon Roberts has refused to confirm George Russell and Nicholas Latifi will continue to drive for them in 2021.The team announced in July that Russell and Latifi would remain with them for the 2021 F1 season. However the team has since been taken over by Dorilton Capital, and the availability of Sergio Perez following his departure from Racing Point has prompted speculation Williams could move to sign him in place of Russell.
Roberts did not confirm the team will retain its current driver line-up when asked by RaceFans in today’s FIA press conference.
“I’m just not going to talk about it,” he said. “Dorilton bought the team, nothing changed with regard to the drivers.
“There’s just so much speculation, rumours, it’s crazy. It’s silly season, after all. We’re not saying any more than that.”
Roberts was asked more than once about the team’s plans for its 2021 driver line-up. “Nothing’s changed,” he said. “There’s lots of speculation. There’s lots of good drivers around that are looking for seats. Dorilton bought the team and nothing changed. I can’t say anything more than that.”
“I’m not going to say anything about either of our drivers,” Roberts added. “They’re both doing a great job. There’s so much speculation around, I don’t want to inadvertently fuel it. Someone will take some nuance in whatever we say. So we’re happy, let’s watch the rest of the market.”
Asked whether the team could end the speculation over its driver line-up by ruling out a move for Perez, Roberts said: “Possibly, but we just don’t want to say anything one way or another. We’re here focusing on our race weekend. We haven’t got any news.
“We’ve got plenty on this morning,” he added. “We’re running lots of parts in first practice. “We’ve got to get through all that and get both our drivers in the best possible place for Saturday or Sunday.”
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