The young Brit has a great chance of replacing Valtteri Bottas at the Silver Arrows next year, but Mercedes have insisted that they are yet to make a decision on who they want to run alongside Sir Lewis Hamilton in 2022.
Russell scored his first points with Williams last time out in Hungary, and the 23-year-old has said he will be “giving it everything” he’s got next year even if he doesn’t land a Mercedes seat.
“I do feel ready to fight for world championships and win races,” Russell said.
“I would have loved to come into Formula 1 and be fighting for victories from my very first race. “Perhaps I’ll look back in 10 or 15 years and say this experience at the back end of the field has paid dividends for me in the long run.
“But no matter where I end up next year, no matter what position I’m fighting for, whether that’s fighting for championships or fighting just for points, I’ll be giving it everything I’ve got,” he concluded.