While Russell has signed for Williams again next season, he is expecting 2021 to be “more of the same” despite the team’s recent takeover by Dorilton Capital.
With his career being mapped out by Mercedes, many in the paddock have noted his performances in the hard-to-drive Williams machine as the sign of a future champion.
Until a top-level drive becomes available, however, he will have to make do with getting the best out of the machinery he has.
"Obviously, as a driver, you want to prove what you can do on an even and fair ground," added Russell.
“I think in any sport if you race in the Tour de France and one guy has a superior bike or a bike that has an electric motor or something that can sail off, you might be the best cyclist in the world but you won't be able to compete with them.
“We have not lost sight of 2020 yet and we haven't lost sight of 2021 either. We are continuing to bring test packages to the car to try and improve it this year and into next year.
“I think now with the new owners, it is really exciting with more finance behind us to be able to focus into the future for 2022 and beyond but also keep a good eye on 2021 to continue to progress the car.
“I think that is exciting for us and then hopefully we can use this step to cement our place in front of Haas and Alfa Romeo and catch onto the back of the midfield."
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