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Mercedes duo look to sign new deals for 2021

Mercedes duo look to sign new deals for 2021
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Mercedes' current drivers appear to be making moves to ink new deals for 2021.

Mercedes' current drivers appear to be making moves to ink new deals for 2021.

Last weekend in Austria, Daimler CEO Ola Kallenius nixed speculation Sebastian Vettel might join the works team by declaring: "We're staying with our two boys."

One of those boys is Valtteri Bottas, who earlier also looked at risk of being ousted in favour of George Russell.

But it now appears that Russell is tied to Williams for 2021.

"I do have a contract for next year with Williams, so you know ultimately it's potentially in Claire's hands of where my future lies," Russell said in Austria.

That is good news for 2020 championship leader Bottas, who admitted that last year's uncertainty about his future affected his performance.

When asked if he might sign an earlier deal this time around, the Finn said in Austria: "I really hope so, although the season is unusual this time so it can't be compared to before.

"I do hope that we will soon be able to close the topic of the contract and not think about it anymore," added Bottas.

As for world champion Lewis Hamilton, his best option for 2021 is clearly Mercedes and so he is now openly contemplating a new contract.

"It is very possible that this will be my last contract with them (Mercedes)," he told the German broadcaster RTL.

"If it is, I want to be sure that I have thought about everything very thoroughly."

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CountryGold medalSilver MedalBronze MedalT
United StatesUnited States22251764
Olympics flagOlympic Athletes from Russia12211750
Great BritainGreat Britain11121235
Today's Olympic highlights header

Tuesday's key events

· Team GB duo Jack Laugher - silver medallist in Rio - and James Heatly take part in the men's 3m springboard semi-final (2am), and will hope to qualify for the final later in the day (7am)

· Two Britons are involved in the women's long jump final, but Abigail Irozuru and Jazmin Sawyers have their work cut out to get a spot on the podium (2.50am)
· Norwegian Karsten Warholm, who broke the world record just last month, goes for gold in the men's 400m hurdles final. USA's Rai Benjamin is expected to be his main challenger (4.20am)
· Great Britain have three representatives in the final of the women's 800m, with Jemma Reekie having perhaps the best chance of a medal (1.25pm)
· A mouth-watering women's 200m final sees Elaine Thompson-Herah go for the prestigious sprint double after claiming the 100m crown. Compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Namibia's Christine Mboma and USA's Gabrielle Thomas are expected to be her main competitors (1.50pm)

· The rescheduled women's skiff 49er FX (4.33am) and men's skiff 49er (5.33am) come to their conclusion, with Team GB involved in both medal races
· Defending champion Giles Scott bids for a second successive gold in the Finn class medal race (6.33am)
· There is another medal chance for Team GB in the mixed Nacra 17 medal race (7.33am)

· Team GB's Joe Fraser takes part in the parallel bars final, kicking off the final day of artistic gymnastics (9am)
· USA superstar Simone Biles, who has been forced to pull out of all of her finals so far, is on the starting list for the beam final as she bids for a fifth Olympic gold (9.50am)

· The men's semi-finals take place, with Mexico taking on Brazil first up (9am)
· The winner of that first semi-final will face either hosts Japan or Spain (2pm)

· Laura Kenny will look to win a third straight Olympic team pursuit gold medal. Team GB take on United States in their heat (7.44am), with the gold medal race later that day (9.26am)
· Laura's husband and fellow Olympic legend Jason Kenny will also look to continue his huge success in the men's team sprint - an event he has won gold in at every Games since 2008. Team GB will first need to get through the men's qualifying (7.58am), with the gold medal race ending the session (9.44am)

· Pat McCormack will be looking to achieve his dream of Olympic gold when he faces Cuba's Roniel Iglesias (11.05am)

> Today's schedule in full
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