Mercedes F1 confirms Russell for 2022 on long-term deal
George Russell has signed a long-term deal to drive for Mercedes from 2022.
Russell has impressed at Williams since successful the 2018 Components 2 championship, and now will get his probability with the dominant group of the V6 period, changing Valtteri Bottas whose swap to Alfa Romeo was confirmed yesterday.
“Looking forward to subsequent season, I’d be mendacity if I stated I wasn’t completely buzzing,” Russell stated. “It’s an enormous alternative, and one I need to seize with each arms. However I’m underneath no illusions as to the size of the problem; it’s going to be a steep studying curve. Valtteri has set a excessive bar, persistently delivering week in and week out, scoring wins, pole positions and serving to win a number of championship titles.
“My goal should be to reward the belief that Toto (Wolff, group principal), the group, and the board have positioned in me by making certain I play my half in persevering with that success and I need to do my new teammates proud.
“In fact, a kind of new teammates is, for my part, the best driver of all time. I’ve seemed as much as Lewis since I used to be in go-karts and the chance to study from somebody who has turn into a job mannequin each on and off observe can solely profit me as a driver, knowledgeable, and a human being.”
The 23-year-old might be Hamilton’s teammate for at the very least the following two years primarily based on present contracts.
“Wanting ahead to 2022, we’re very glad to substantiate that George may have the chance to take the following step in his profession and be part of Mercedes,” Wolff stated. “He has been a winner in each racing class, and the previous three seasons with Williams have given us a style of what the long run may maintain for him in F1.
“Now, it’s our problem collectively to assist him proceed studying inside our surroundings and alongside Lewis, the best F1 driver of all time. I’m assured that as their relationship grows, they may type a powerful group and ship for Mercedes on and off the observe within the years forward.
“It’s a weight off our shoulders to have our plans for 2022 clear and introduced; however now, our focus returns to the ultimate 9 races of this season and placing all the things into our problem for this yr’s world championships.”