Formula One: Nobody can replace Lewis Hamilton but will give it my best, says George Russell

British driver George Russell will stand in at Mercedes for Lewis Hamilton at the Sakhir Grand Prix after the seven-times Formula One world champion tested positive for Covid-19

British driver George Russell will drive for Mercedes in place of Lewis Hamilton. (Reuters Photo)


  • Mercedes opened talks with Williams about borrowing the George Russell
  • Russell will drive alongside Valtteri Bottas for Mercedes in the penultimate race of the year
  • Williams reserve Jack Aitken will replace Russell at Williams

Mercedes on Wednesday announced that George Russell will drive in this weekend’s Sakhir Grand Prix in Bahrain as the replacement for Lewis Hamilton who tested positive for Covid-19.

Mercedes opened talks with Williams about borrowing the Briton, who has been backed by the Silver Arrows throughout his career, for the second Bahrain race when it became clear Hamilton was in isolation and would not be able to drive.

They eventually came to an arrangement, with Williams releasing Russell to drive the Silver Arrows alongside Valtteri Bottas in the penultimate round.

Williams reserve Jack Aitken will replace Russell at Williams, joining regular driver Nicholas Latifi.

“Firstly, I want to say a huge thank you to everybody at Williams for giving me this opportunity. I might be wearing a different race suit this weekend, but I’m a Williams driver and I’ll be cheering my team on every step of the way.

“I see this as a great chance to learn from the best outfit on the grid right now and to come back as an improved driver, with even more energy and experience to help push Williams further up the grid. A big thank you also to Mercedes for putting their faith in me.

“Obviously, nobody can replace Lewis, but I’ll give my all for the team in his absence from the moment I step in the car. Most importantly, I wish him a speedy recovery. I’m really looking forward to the opportunity and can’t wait to get out on track this week,” Russell said.

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