Lewis Hamilton has been replaced by George Russell for this weekend’s Sakhir Grand Prix. Following Hamilton’s positive test for coronavirus, Russell will drive for Mercedes in Bahrain. Jack Aitken will make his F1 debut by taking Russell’s place at Williams for this week’s race.
Russell, 22, is yet to earn a point in his 36 races for Williams.
However, it is widely expected he will race for Mercedes in the future and has been given an opportunity this week in Hamilton’s absence.
Following the news, Russell tweeted his excitement at replacing the seven-time World Champion.
Russell wrote: “Very few people are lucky enough to drive for an @F1 team each year. I’m about to get the chance to drive for two.
“Unbelievably grateful to @WilliamsRacing and @MercedesAMGF1 for this opportunity.
“Thank you all.”
Russell insisted this week is a big opportunity for him to learn and return to Williams a better driver.
He said: “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.”
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