09/12/2021

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F1’s George Russell will join Lewis Hamilton to drive for Mercedes

George Russell will race for Mercedes next period in an all-British lineup with 7-time entire world champion Lewis Hamilton, the Formula Just one crew claimed in a broadly-anticipated announcement on Tuesday.

Russell, who is in his 3rd period at Williams, will substitute Finland’s Valtteri Bottas, whose move to Alfa Romeo was manufactured official on Monday.

The 23-12 months-previous will be Hamilton’s initial new teammate due to the fact Bottas, now 32, also joined from Williams to consider the area of retired 2016 entire world champion Nico Rosberg in 2017.

Russell has now raced the moment for Mercedes, a standout overall performance at last December’s Sakhir Grand Prix in Bahrain when Hamilton tested constructive for COVID-19 and was unable to start off.

Russell experienced on the front row and led from the start off but concluded ninth following the crew manufactured a mess of the pitstop and he then endured a late puncture following an amazing struggle back by way of the field that also brought him the fastest lap.

He scored his initial factors for Williams this period, once again catching the eye with a sensational qualifying overall performance in the wet in Belgium to put his uncompetitive vehicle on the front row.

He took next area in that ‘race’ in Spa that finished following a few of laps driving the basic safety vehicle.

Mercedes crew manager Toto Wolff claimed the decision to substitute Bottas experienced even so not been an quick system or a uncomplicated decision.

The Finn was strongly backed by Hamilton, who has experienced a relatively quick time over their several years collectively and has received the last four titles, but Russell is managed by Mercedes and has lengthy been noticed as the face of the team’s long term.

Mercedes have received the last 7 drivers’ and constructors’ championships and are main the recent crew standings following 13 races, though Hamilton is a few factors driving Pink Bull’s Max Verstappen.

Hamilton, 36, has a deal for 2022 and 2023.