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George Russell (GBR) Williams Racing. Bahrain Grand Prix, Friday 26th March 2021. Sakhir, Bahrain.

Russell: We want something decided by the summer break

George Russell (GBR) Williams Racing. Bahrain Grand Prix, Friday 26th March 2021. Sakhir, Bahrain.

George Russell wants his future decided by the summer break, with the Mercedes junior driver set to see his existing contract expire at the end of the season.

The 23-year-old has spent the first three years of his Formula 1 career with Williams, but has been linked with a promotion to the Mercedes seat as a potential replacement for Valtteri Bottas.

Russell, Bottas and Lewis Hamilton are all out of contract at the end of the year, with Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff yet to give a clear public indication about the team’s intentions moving forward.

When Hamilton missed the Sakhir Grand Prix due to COVID-19, Russell stepped into the Mercedes and impressed and believes that performance proved he is capable of taking the next step in his career.

“I think, naturally, we all want something decided either way by the summer break, really,” he told Autosport. “I think it’s in everybody’s best interests.

“But to be honest, I’m really not pushing the subject with anybody really – with Mercedes, with Williams. Because I am purely just focused on my job here.

“And I know that, as I’ve always said, if I perform to my potential that I believe I’m capable of, you’re putting yourself in the shop window. And I think that race in Bahrain gave me a unique opportunity to almost prove it.

“Whereas, prior to that, it was always a small unknown – because of the situation I found myself in. So, I’m really not pushing the subject. Just enjoying every single race, enjoying where I find myself.”

Hamilton has indicated this season that he is hoping to extend his career beyond this year and Russell said he was excited by the prospect of going toe-to-toe with the seven-time world champion.

“I think it’s really exciting that Lewis has openly been talking about the next couple of years,” he added.

“And it’s clear that he’s still performing at an incredibly high level. I think it will be amazing for the sport, and for Mercedes, if he were to continue.

“And obviously, as any young driver, you want to go against the best. And Lewis is the best.”