Mercedes will “slowly but surely” begin working more with George Russell this year, but Toto Wolff concedes the Brit’s priority must be Williams.

Russell will be swapping teams in the off-season, moving from Williams to Mercedes where he will be replacing Valtteri Bottas as Lewis Hamilton’s team-mate.

Unlike with some teams who baulk at even the mere suggestion of a departing driver getting down to work with their new team before January, Russell can expect to start working a bit with Mercedes in the coming weeks.

The Brit is a Mercedes junior driver while Williams are powered by Mercedes, and that is set to make the transition a lot smoother.

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