George Russell will race for Mercedes following season in an all-British lineup with seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton, the Components One particular crew explained in a broadly-envisioned announcement on Tuesday.
Russell, who is in his 3rd season at Williams, will swap Finland’s Valtteri Bottas, whose go to Alfa Romeo was designed official on Monday.
The 23-yr-outdated will be Hamilton’s very first new teammate because Bottas, now 32, also joined from Williams to take the place of retired 2016 world champion Nico Rosberg in 2017.
Russell has presently raced when for Mercedes, a standout functionality at previous December’s Sakhir Grand Prix in Bahrain when Hamilton analyzed good for COVID-19 and was unable to start out.
Russell certified on the entrance row and led from the start out but completed ninth following the crew designed a mess of the pitstop and he then suffered a late puncture following an spectacular battle back again by the discipline that also introduced him the speediest lap.
He scored his very first points for Williams this season, again catching the eye with a sensational qualifying functionality in the soaked in Belgium to set his uncompetitive car or truck on the entrance row.
He took 2nd place in that ‘race’ in Spa that ended following a couple of laps at the rear of the safety car or truck.
Mercedes crew manager Toto Wolff explained the final decision to swap Bottas had nonetheless not been an straightforward approach or a simple final decision.
The Finn was strongly backed by Hamilton, who has had a reasonably straightforward time in excess of their years alongside one another and has won the previous 4 titles, but Russell is managed by Mercedes and has very long been noticed as the facial area of the team’s upcoming.
Mercedes have won the previous seven drivers’ and constructors’ championships and are top the latest crew standings following thirteen races, even though Hamilton is three points at the rear of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.
Hamilton, 36, has a contract for 2022 and 2023.