Russell still in the dark for Abu Dhabi but not for 2021

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George Russell doesn't yet know whether he'll be racing with Mercedes once again this weekend but the Briton is sure he'll be driving for Williams in 2021.

After his standout driver last weekend at Sakhir where a rare Mercedes pit stop blunder squandered his chances of clinching a sensational maiden win in F1, Russell is waiting on whether Lewis Hamilton will get a clean bill of health and return to Mercedes for F1's season finale.

"We’re still waiting to get Lewis’s results back," said Russell who appeared in Mercedes kit at Thursday's media conference.

"For now we are going ahead as planned and if Lewis returns with a negative result he will be back in the car."

While in the dark for this weekend, the 22-year-old confirmed that he will be racing with Williams in 2021, barring any unforeseen circumstances. But ultimately, he remains under Mercedes' wing.

"Ultimately I have a contract and I’m a Williams driver for 2021," he said.

"My management is Mercedes. I signed a deal with Mercedes back in 2016 and they are my managers.

"They invested in me, they put faith in me and that means a huge amount. I am committed to Mercedes so I’m happy and confident with my position under their guidance."

Update: Mercedes announced on Thursday evening that Lewis Hamilton will race for the team in Abu Dhabi.

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