Updated: Mar 4
A stuff dreams are made of for Williams F1 driver and F2 2018 champion George Russell who is slated to drive as a replacement to COVID stricken 7 times world champion Lewis Hamilton at the Bahrain GP this weekend. This opportunity to drive the superior Mercedes could be a chance of a lifetime for 22 year Briton who is talked of very highly in the paddocks.
George Russel is among the few drivers in F1 who has consistently beaten his teammate in the qualifying battle since his F1 entry with Williams where inferior car development has so far limited his ability to prove his worth. Russel has had pr eviously tested the Merc in Abu Dhabi.
“Firstly, I want to say a huge thank you to everybody at Williams for giving me this opportunity. I might be wearing a different race suit this weekend, but I’m a Williams driver and I’ll be cheering my team on every step of the way.
"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.” he said.
Lewis Hamilton had developed a mild symptom for COVID-19, the test of which came back positive. He is isolating himself as per the protocol.
“I’m gutted not to be able to race this weekend but my priority is to follow the protocols and advice to protect others. I’m really lucky that I feel okay with only mild symptoms and will do my best to stay fit and healthy. Please look after yourselves out there. You can never be too careful. These are worrying times for everyone and we need to make sure we are looking after ourselves and each other. Stay positive.” Hamilton said on his social media account.