Mercedes team set to announce Russell for next F1 season this week?
Jul.12 - Mercedes is poised to announce the signing of George Russell for 2022 and beyond, according to a growing number of authoritative sources.
"Then it's game over for Valtteri (Bottas)," racing driver and Finnish pundit Toni Vilander told the broadcaster MTV.
"You could tell it was in his mind already," the Finn added.
"The most important thing for Mercedes was to confirm that Hamilton is staying part of the team. So now the main pillar is in place.
"I don't think Russell would be happy to sign another Williams agreement. You could say that Hamilton's two-year contract will be his last, in which case the next champion will be raised next to him.
"Unfortunately these are all things that Valtteri has little influence over."
Bottas, 31, has also been linked with a return to Williams, and also Alfa Romeo.
Russell said: "I am in constant touch with Mercedes. They have always taken care of me.
"No matter what happens, I'll have a Mercedes engine behind me next year. I'm a Mercedes driver - I'm loyal to them," he insisted.
"I've always said 'if you do a good job, you will be rewarded'. It's as simple as that."
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