Far from seeing this as an obstacle removed, Russell was quick to heap praise on the Frenchman.
“I don’t see it as anything to be honest," added Russell. "Firstly, congrats to Esteban. He deserves that and it’s obviously great for Mercedes as well that one of their drivers has their career set in stone and sorted.
“But no, I haven’t really thought about that. Esteban has obviously been at Renault and Alpine for the last couple of years and with his speed and his nationality and everything, it’s a great fit at Alpine.
“Nothing has crossed my mind other than I’m happy for him and it’s good to see that after a year out as well, that he has got things all stable and settled for the next three and a half years.”
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