LONDON, Sept 7 — George Russell was at present confirmed as Lewis Hamilton’s new team-mate at Mercedes for subsequent season after Valtteri Bottas sealed a swap to Alfa Romeo.
The 23-year-old British driver earned his much-anticipated transfer to the Silver Arrows after three campaigns with Williams.
He additionally impressed in a one-off look for Mercedes at final yr’s Sakhir Grand Prix as a stand-in for seven-time world champion Hamilton after he examined optimistic for coronavirus.
Russell, who will kind an all-British line-up with Hamilton, stated it was a “big day”.
“I’d be mendacity if I stated I wasn’t completely buzzing,” he stated in a Mercedes assertion. “It’s an enormous alternative and one I need to seize with each arms.
“But I’m beneath no illusions as to the size of the problem. It’s going to be a steep studying curve.”
He added: “I’ve appeared as much as Lewis since I used to be in go-karts and the chance to study from somebody who has turn out to be a job mannequin each on and off observe can solely profit me as a driver, knowledgeable, and a human being.”
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff stated it had not been an easy choice, praising Bottas for his contribution to the crew’s success over the previous 5 seasons.
“Looking ahead to 2022, we’re very glad to substantiate that George can have the chance to take the following step in his profession and be a part of Mercedes,” he added.
“He has been a winner in each racing class — and the previous three seasons with Williams have given us a style of what the long run might maintain for him in F1.
“Now, it’s our problem collectively to assist him proceed studying inside the environment and alongside Lewis, the best F1 driver of all time.”
Bottas, 32, has spent the previous 5 seasons alongside Hamilton at Mercedes, having changed Nico Rosberg, who retired after successful the 2016 title.
The Finn has received 9 races and claimed 17 pole positions with the crew, however has not constantly been capable of problem Hamilton.
Alfa Romeo introduced yesterday that Bottas had signed a multi-year deal to hitch the crew from 2022. — eNM