GEORGE RUSSELL will substitute Lewis Hamilton for this weekend’s Sakhir Grand Prix.
The 22-year-old will sit in for the reigning world champion who has tested positive for Covid-19 and been forced to self isolate.
Lewis Hamilton has been changed by George Russell for the Sakhir Grand PrixCredit score: Reuters
Hamilton has been positioned in quarantine for ten days in Bahrain and is dealing with a logistical nightmare to compete within the season finale in Abu Dhabi the next weekend.
In the meantime, fellow Brit Russell has been handed a golden alternative to impress after Mercedes recalled him from his mortgage deal at Williams.
Russell mentioned: “Firstly, I wish to say an enormous thanks to everyone at Williams for giving me this chance.
“I is perhaps carrying a unique race go well with this weekend, however I am a Williams driver and I will be cheering my workforce on each step of the best way.
“I see this as an ideal likelihood to be taught from one of the best outfit on the grid proper now and to return again as an improved driver, with much more power and expertise to assist push Williams additional up the grid.
“A giant thanks additionally to Mercedes for placing their religion in me. Clearly, no person can substitute Lewis, however I am going to give my all for the workforce in his absence from the second I step within the automobile.
“Most significantly, I want him a speedy restoration. I am actually trying ahead to the chance and may’t wait to get out on monitor this week.”
Russell might be changed by one other British driver at Williams as Jack Aitken has been known as up from his position as reserve driver.
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Aitken added: “I am completely over the moon to have the chance to make my debut with Williams this coming weekend and I’m extraordinarily blissful for George to have his likelihood too.
“I actually imply it after I say I’ve felt very a lot at dwelling right here since I joined Williams earlier this 12 months, so to get my likelihood to assist the workforce attempt to obtain that elusive factors end is a particularly satisfying event to say the least.
“I will be doing all I can to organize within the coming days, however honestly, I really feel like I’ve been prepared since Melbourne.
“I additionally wish to want Lewis nicely in his restoration, and good luck to George getting the prospect to drive the Mercedes this weekend.”