December 02, 2020 By Paolo de Borja

George Russell promoted to Mercedes for 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix

It’s happening.

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Mercedes-AMG Petronas have confirmed that George Russell will be driving the W11 this weekend to replace Lewis Hamilton at the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix in Bahrain. The news comes after it was announced yesterday that Hamilton has tested positive with COVID-19.

Since coming in Formula 1 in 2019, Russell has shown significant promise as a driver with Williams. Although he has yet to score a point in his F1 career, the young Brit has come close to a top-10 finish multiple times this season.

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There were a couple of other options for Toto Wolff and Mercedes. One is Nico Hulkenburg. He stepped in for Racing Point on two occasions this season and is a proven veteran who could’ve seen his first podium finish in the championship-winning W11. The other was Stofell Vandoorne who last drove for McLaren in 2018 and is currently with Mercedes as a reserve driver.

Ultimately, Mercedes opted to promote Russell to the main team. Among the rumored drivers, he is the one who’s spent the most time in a Formula 1 car this season and has pushed his Williams to unexpected runs multiple times in 2020.

The announcement of his promotion also means that Formula 2 Jack Aitken will replace Russell at Williams at this weekend’s Grand Prix.

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