George Russell has confirmed he will remain at Williams for a third season, announcing that he is committed to see out his three-year agreement with the Grove squad.
The British driver put to bed any speculation that he may be promoted to the Mercedes-AMG squad – with whom he is part of their young driver stable – next year, which would suggest that the Silver Arrows will retain its pairing of Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton, whose contracts expire at the end of the current season.
Russell announced his future during the Thursday FIA press conference ahead of this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix.
“I signed a three-year deal with Williams and I’ll be staying there for 2021, to build on last year and hopefully what this year turns out to be,” he said.
“Claire [Williams, deputy team principal] was firm with her decision that she was not willing, or not ready to let me go, and ultimately as I have a contract with Williams, I have to respect that decision,” he added, when asked whether he was disappointed that a promotion to the factory Mercedes squad would not materialise.
“So I’m here, I’ll be giving everything I’ve got for Williams this year and into next year, and let’s see what that holds after that.”
His teammate Latifi was also asked to confirm he has a deal for next year, to which he replied: “I have a multi-year deal with the team, so yes I will be with the team in 2021.”
Both drivers rejected speculation that their existing contracts may be threatened should the team sell a major shareholding to potential new investors.
|2021 FIA Formula 1 Championship – Confirmed Driving Line-ups (to-date)|
|Mercedes-AMG||Valtteri Bottas*||Lewis Hamilton*|
|McLaren Mercedes||Daniel Ricciardo||Lando Norris|
|Red Bull Racing Honda
||Max Verstappen||Alexander Albon*|
||Sergio Pérez||Lance Stroll*|
|Scuderia Ferrari||Charles Leclerc||Carlos Sainz Jr.|
|Renault Sport||Fernando Alonso||Esteban Ocon|
|Alfa Romeo Racing||TBA||TBA|
|Williams Racing||Nicholas Latifi||George Russell|
|Haas F1 Team^||TBA||TBA|
* To be confirmed, but considered likely
^ Official entry to be confirmed
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