According to reports in Italy, Mercedes want to give the Williams seat George Russell is set to vacate to their Formula E driver Nyck de Vries.

It looks increasingly likely Mercedes junior Russell will replace Valtteri Bottas at the German team for 2022 and beyond, leaving Williams in need of a driver.

There has been talk that Bottas will return to his former team in a straight swap, but he is now apparently in talks with Alfa Romeo about potentially taking the place of his fellow Finn Kimi Raikkonen should he decide to retire.

Instead, according to the Italian branch of Motorsport.com, another Mercedes driver is the front-runner, albeit a Formula E one – De Vries, the 2019 Formula 2 champion and current leader of the Formula E standings.

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