Finally, Mercedes F1 has achieved its transfer goal: Bringing George Russell back to join Lewis Hamilton to form a pair of all-English drivers.
Mercedes F1 recruits the male god George Russell to stand with Lewis Hamilton
Deal done: British F1 driver George Russell has just been confirmed to be Lewis Hamilton’s new teammate at Mercedes next season, replacing Finn Valtteri Bottas to create an all-England side-by-side. In contrast, from the 2022 season, Bottas will play for Alfa Romeo.
Assessing this transfer, Toto Wolff – leader of the Mercedes F1 team – said that Russell’s departure from Williams had “taken the burden off our shoulders “.
It’s not difficult to explain Wolff’s comment, as Hamilton was annoyed by the sight of Russell replacing Bottas. A lobby source revealed: ” Toto decided to bring George back. Lewis was informed and was not happy. He wanted a teammate like Valtteri, because Valtteri obeys and is not fast enough to cause trouble for Lewis. .”
Turning 37 next year, Hamilton greeted his new teammate on social media with the cryptic comment: ” Russell has won the spot for him. ”
At the same time, the driver who holds the record 7 times of the world championship said like a father and uncle: ” I remember when I met Russell, he was young, dreaming of one day becoming an F1 driver. I also just achieved my dream of becoming an F1 driver. I became an F1 driver, so I know what that day means and how it feels for him.
He is a great example for every child to understand that dreams come true when pursued wholeheartedly. Thanks to his hard work, he has earned his rightful place in our team. As the driver of this amazing team, I look forward to seeing him grow and raising the bar with him. See you next year. ”
Meanwhile, the 23-year-old driver said of his move to Mercedes: ” I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t excited. This is a huge opportunity and I want to grab it. But I’m not under any illusions about this challenge. It’s going to be an uphill journey .”
On this occasion, Hamilton did not forget to mention his teammate Bottas, who is about to move to Alfa Romeo next season, describing the Finnish driver as ” the best teammate “.
” I am extremely proud to have worked with Valtteri for the past five years, ” said Hamilton. ” Together we have brought the team 4 championships. We have overcome the ups and downs together.
He’s the best teammate I’ve ever had. His speed and resilience are impressive, but he really stands out as friend and man. He’s bigger than anyone can see and I know there’s a bright future waiting for him .”
With all deals closed, the drivers are focused on finishing the races at the end of the season: Russell is currently 15/20 after earning 13 points for Williams, Hamilton and Bottas aiming for a fifth world championship. 8 for Mercedes as well as for British drivers.
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