Neither Russell nor Bottas have confirmed their future plans in public. “As it currently stands, I have no news to to announce, really so same position as we were in Spa last week,” said Russell today.
However he has been told where he will be in 2022. “Yes, I know where I’ll be driving next year,” he confirmed.
The confirmation came “verbally, before Spa,” Russell added. “I’m not going to sit here and lie and not say the truth.
“The truth is there’s nothing to announce. But as I said, I’m aware of the situation of where I’ll be racing next year and I was informed prior just prior to Spa.”
Meanwhile Bottas, who has had a series of one-year deals to drive for Mercedes, said he would like a long-term contract if he is unable to remain at the team.
“A multi-year contract would be nice. That’s something I’ve never had before in Formula 1, that way I could definitely give a good, full commitment to the team, not just that year, but knowing that the work continues.
“It needs to be challenging, it needs to be exciting and needs to be fun, in an atmosphere that I really enjoy working with. I think those are really the main things I’m looking for.
“But like I said earlier, I still have a good few years in Formula 1 and yeah. So I really want to continue in Formula 1 for sure.”
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