George Russell’s contract with Williams expires at the end of this current season, and lately he has been linked to a possible move to a seat with Mercedes for 2022 because of his remarkable displays as their junior driver. But Mercedes has ruled out having any rush about making decisions for next year's line-up.
On Wednesday, McLaren announced that Lando Norris has signed a multi-year agreement to stay with the team he is currently in. With this move, Norris joins Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in acquiring long-term deals with their respective teams, a move that offers stability for them until at least the end of the 2023 season.
According to Motorsport.com, the young brit driver said that he was happy for Norris, stating that he deserved the deal following his performance this year.
“He’s been doing a fantastic job recently, and McLaren as a package with Lando are doing extraordinary,” Russell said.
“It’s going to be interesting next year. I think they could be a real threat to the top teams and for the championship.”
When the McLaren-Norris deal was announced, Russell also declared he was eager to join this group of drivers in getting a multi-year contract starting in 2022 to ensure a platform for him to develop on.
“Definitely the position I’m in currently, being a free agent as such going into next year, is a good position to be in,” Russell said.
“I think stability and longevity is important. I think it’s so clear with people moving around recently how difficult it is to jump in and adapt to a new team.
“So I think wherever I find myself next year, I’d like it to be at least for a couple of years, because I think that’s so important to have that consistency in order to grow and progress.”
2021 is Russell’s third and final year of his contract with Williams, and even though he struggles for pace and has failed to score points during his time there, he has constantly impressed the team.
He had an amazing opportunity to show his potential last year when he was drafted by Mercedes to replace Lewis Hamilton in the Sakhir Grand Prix, due to Hamilton testing positive for COVID-19. Russell qualified second and almost won the race before a puncture.
For Mercedes, both Hamilton and teammate Valtteri Bottas are out of contract at the end of the 2021 season, but Lewis has already implied that he is looking forward to continue his F1 career with the German manufacturer.
We will have to wait and see if Russell gets his desired long-term deal and if it is with his current teams or there is a change.