George Russell will race for Mercedes following season in an all-British lineup with seven-time earth winner Lewis Hamilton, the Formula 1 group explained in a extensively-envisioned announcement on Tuesday.
Russell, who is in his third season at Williams, will replace Finland’s Valtteri Bottas, whose go to Alfa Romeo was designed official on Monday.
The 23-year-outdated will be Hamilton’s initial new teammate since Bottas, now 32, also joined from Williams to take the spot of retired 2016 earth winner Nico Rosberg in 2017.
Russell has now raced when for Mercedes, a standout overall performance at very last December’s Sakhir Grand Prix in Bahrain when Hamilton examined optimistic for COVID-19 and was unable to start.
Russell competent on the entrance row and led from the start but completed ninth soon after the group designed a mess of the pitstop and he then suffered a late puncture soon after an spectacular combat back by the discipline that also introduced him the speediest lap.
He scored his initial factors for Williams this season, yet again catching the eye with a sensational qualifying overall performance in the soaked in Belgium to set his uncompetitive motor vehicle on the entrance row.
He took next spot in that ‘race’ in Spa that finished soon after a pair of laps behind the protection motor vehicle.
Mercedes group manager Toto Wolff explained the decision to replace Bottas experienced nonetheless not been an uncomplicated system or a simple decision.
The Finn was strongly backed by Hamilton, who has experienced a rather uncomplicated time over their yrs collectively and has gained the very last 4 titles, but Russell is managed by Mercedes and has prolonged been viewed as the deal with of the team’s upcoming.
Mercedes have gained the very last seven drivers’ and constructors’ championships and are top the latest group standings soon after thirteen races, while Hamilton is 3 factors behind Crimson Bull’s Max Verstappen.
Hamilton, 36, has a agreement for 2022 and 2023.