Done deal! Brit F1 star George Russell is confirmed as Lewis Hamilton’s new Mercedes team-mate, replacing Valtteri Bottas in a move that ‘went down like a lead balloon’ with his new colleague
George Russell has been confirmed as Lewis Hamilton’s new team-mate at Mercedes from the 2022 season, after Valtteri’ Bottas’ move to Alfa Romeo was announced on Monday.
Sportsmail revealed last week that Toto Wolff has decided to draft in the 23-year-old Englishman to the Mercedes side, who currently lead Red Bull in the current constructors’ standings this season.
Wolff, who has been planning for life after seven-time F1 champion Hamilton who turns 37 in January, revealed that signing Russell from Williams has been a ‘weight off our shoulders’.
George Russell’s long-awaited move to Mercedes has finally been confirmed
Russell (left) will link up with seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton (right) from 2022
The Mercedes supremo said: ‘Looking forward to 2022, we are very happy to confirm that George will have the opportunity to take the next step in his career and join Mercedes.
‘He has been a winner in every racing category – and the past three seasons with Williams have given us a taste of what the future could hold for him in F1. Now, it is our challenge together to help him continue learning within our environment and alongside Lewis, the greatest F1 driver of all time.
‘I am confident that as their relationship grows, they will form a strong team and deliver for Mercedes on and off the track in the years to come.
‘It’s a weight off our shoulders to have our plans for 2022 clear and announced; but now, our focus returns to the final nine races of this season and putting everything into our challenge for this year’s world championships.’
More to follow.