Mercedes boss Toto Wolff insists that George Russell’s test with the team next week will not be used to benchmark the Englishman in any way.
Russell will drive for his regular team on Tuesday morning at the start of the two-day 2020 tyre test before handing the FW42 over to ex-F2 driver Roy Nissany for the afternoon.
“I’ve said to George, who was not 100% these last days, this test is not benchmarking him, because we are absolutely certain that he has the qualities of a potential future Mercedes driver,” said Wolff.
“He has the raw speed, he has the talent, he has the intelligence. There is a reason why he’s won F3 and F2 as a rookie. That hasn’t been done many times before. And he has a flawless record in F1.
“It is more about the experience. So there’s nothing to prove during the during these upcoming tests. George is under contract with Williams and we will always honour all contracts because they have given him the chance to step into F1.
“Probably if he does the test it will just confirm what we anyway know.”