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BREAKING NEWS: Russell Replaces Hamilton at Mercedes

Aitken will take Russell's place at Williams.

6w ago

"I’m really looking forward to the opportunity and can’t wait to get out on track this week.”

George Russell

Mercedes have confirmed that Williams driver George Russell will step in for Lewis Hamilton at this weekend's Sakhir Grand Prix after the 7-Time World Champion Tested Positive for Covid-19.

He will be partnering up with Valtteri Bottas who hopes to secure second place in the Driver's Championship.

Russell has extensive experience driving for Mercedes, as he has completed six days of running for the world champions since 2017. His most recent run was in last year’s end-of-season Abu Dhabi test.

George made his F1 debut last year with Williams and has marked himself out as a future star with a string of strong drives and impressive qualifying performances in a lower-half-of-the-grid car.

Russell has yet to score a point, but has come close, finishing 11th once and 12th twice. Maybe this weekend, he finally will score his first points in Formula 1.

His performances in qualifying have also been particularly impressive, the 22-year-old unbeaten against his two team mates to-date in 36 consecutive races.

Formula 2's Jack Aitken will step up in his role as test driver for Williams and race for them alongside Nicholas Latifi this weekend as Russell goes to Mercedes.

It's going to be an awesome weekend to be a Formula 1 fan for sure. What do you think of this news? Let me know in the comments below.

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Comments (17)

  • Big test for Bottas

      1 month ago
  • Good for George - it will be amusing if he maintains his record and out-qualifies Bottas but also a bit of a bummer if Aitken then goes and scores Williams first points...

      1 month ago
    • If George can outqualify Bottas, get his first points and Aitken gets Williams' first points, then I don't think too many people will be mad because that will mean we're in for a good weekend.

        1 month ago
  • I'll be impressed if he gets a podium.

      1 month ago
    • I really want him to beat Bottas in Qualifying so he can keep his record of beating all him teammates going xD

        1 month ago
  • I wouldn’t be surprised if he wins!!

      1 month ago
  • Apparently all the news on Grosjean cause me to miss the news about Hamilton testing positive for C19. My mind went wild with thoughts like, ohh god Hamilton is retiring. They are taking George over Perez. How can Hamilton make such an announcement at this time. Congrats to George I hope he shows of what he can do in a top car.

      1 month ago
    • No no, just replacing him for this weekend so far 😂 no need to panic just yet xD

      Will be great to see what George can do in the car though, he so deserves this chance.

        1 month ago