Red Bull urge rivals Mercedes to hand George Russell chance – 'He's obviously ready'

When asked about Red Bull’s future next season with Sergio Perez’s seat alongside Max Verstappen not yet secured, Horner added: “Checo is doing a great job and doing exactly what we asked from him. He’s scored a podium, won a race so far and third in the World Championship.

“He’s doing a fantastic job but we’re not at that halfway spot in the Championship yet. But I think everyone at the team is content and happy with what he is doing and his role as team player as well.”

Those hoping for a confirmation of Russell completing the move at Silverstone this weekend will be disappointed.

Russell told F1 Nation podcast: “I signed with Mercedes five or six years ago now, that is 100 per cent true, as everybody knows they look after me.