Mercedes finally confirm George Russell for 2022 season

Following Valtteri Bottas’ switch to Alfa Romeo, George Russell has duly been announced as a Mercedes driver for 2022.

Russell, a long-time member of the Mercedes junior programme, made himself the overwhelming favourite for a promotion with a solid run of performances so far in 2021.

Already the Briton has featured in the points twice, the second of those being his maiden podium finish with P2 at the Belgian Grand Prix.

With Russell’s eye-catching performances juxtaposing Bottas’ mediocre campaign at Mercedes, the calls were growing louder for a change – and that is exactly the route Mercedes have taken.

Bottas is joining Alfa Romeo for 2022, freeing up the seat alongside Lewis Hamilton with Russell putting pen to paper on a deal that initially says “from the 2022 season”.


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