George Russell to Drive for Mercedes F1 Team
September 09, 2021
At only 23, George Russell has finally signed his long term contract to drive for Mercedes alongside the legendary Lewis Hamilton for the 2022 F1 season. He has been driving as a Mercedes junior driver for three incredible seasons in F1 with Williams.
Russell will be Hamilton’s sixth and youngest team mate completing next years all British line up. This is the first all British line up that F1 has seen since 2013 when Lewis Hamilton partnered with Jenson Button at Maclaren before starting his career with Mercedes.
Starting on Good Terms
Russell has commented on Hamilton being his idol and the most successful driver in F1 history. He seems to be blown away by the opportunity to drive side by side with a man he has worshipped from afar since the start of his career. Russell said that he has not only looked up to Lewis since he was a child and driving around in go-karts but is so looking forward to the opportunity to learn from him. He added that Hamilton is a role model for him on and off the track and being able to learn from him as a professional, a driver and a human being is an honour.
Lewis Hamilton made a post on social media welcoming his young new team mate. Hamilton reminisced about meeting George when he was younger and still dreamt of being an F1 driver. Lewis added that at the time he himself had only just reached his dream of becoming an F1 driver and that he knows what a big deal this moment is for Russell. He also stated that George is a great example for all young aspiring drivers and kids out there and that if you keep chasing your dreams, they can come true.
There is a clear connection and camaraderie already between the two team mates which promises to deepen and expand as they start working together next year.
A Racing Background
Russell has joined the league of young sports men and women who are achieving their goals and dreams at young ages. He joined the Mercedes junior team in 2017 and no matter what challenge he has been presented with he rose to the occasion every time. Russell won the GP3 in 2017 and Formula 2 titles in 2018 before moving on to F1 with Williams in 2019. He has never been beaten in a qualifying round by a Williams teammate and has without a doubt earned his spot beside Lewis Hamilton. Russell filled in for Hamilton in the 2020 Sakhir GP and blew everyone away when he beat Bottas until some tyre issues arose.
The future is bright for this young man and F1 fans are looking forward to seeing what else he has up his sleeve.