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Russell hoping for multi-year deal for new contract

Williams' George Russell is out of contract at the end of 2021, and is hoping that, wherever he signs, he can settle for a few seasons.

Williams' George Russell has said he's aiming for a multi-year deal for his next contract, but doesn't have any answers as to where that might be just yet. The British driver is hyped to be a replacement for Valtteri Bottas at Mercedes as the Finn's contract also comes to an end, with Russell's career still managed by Mercedes' Toto Wolff. With fellow generational talents like Max Verstappen, Lando Norris and Charles Leclerc all signing long-term deals with Red Bull, McLaren and Ferrari respectively, Russell wants that same job security with his next deal. "Definitely thinking the position I am currently being a free agent as such, going into next year is a good position to be in," Russell told select members of the media, including RacingNews365.com. "But, 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 wherever I find myself next year, let's say I'd like it to be for at least a couple of years, because I think that's so important to have that consistency to be able to grow and progress." Russell, who is a long-time rival of Norris through the junior categories, congratulated his compatriot on the signing of his new McLaren deal, praising the job he has been doing with the team recently. "Really happy for Lando. He deserves it," Russell said. "He's been doing a fantastic job recently. And McLaren as a package with Lando, are doing extraordinary. So yeah, it's going to be interesting next year, I think they could be a real threat to the top teams and for the championship."

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