F1 News is arriving at a fast pace since the Bahrain GP and teams have hurried to put in place new driver lines before Sunday’s race.
On Monday, Mercedes driver and current world champion Lewis Hamilton tested positive for COVID-19. In a quite remarkable record, this is the first time Hamilton will miss a race since his F1 career started in 2007.
Current British Williams Driver George Russell will take Hamilton’s seat for the Sakir GP this weekend.
Russell is part of the Mercedes junior program and has been backed by Mercedes since 2017 when he won the F3 Championship. Russell is also managed by current Mercedes CEO Toto Wolff and has been on loan to Williams since he signed for the Silverstone manufacturer in 2018.
Mercedes had the opportunity to put in test and reserve driver, Stoffel Vandoorne into the car, but Mercedes opted for Russell instead.
Currently. Russell has scored zero points for Williams since his arrival, but he has shown good pace in the last-placed team on the grid. Since his arrival, he has beaten his teammate Nicolas Latifi, 36 times in a row. This puts him with extraordinary company in the record books 👇.
Driving for the bottom team, Russell now steps into the fastest car on the grid to earn his first points, maybe a podium or even a win?
Who will replace George Russell?
With this move for Russell, it means it opens up another seat in F1 and this gives an opportunity to F2 Campos Racing and current Williams Reserve driver Jack Aiken to make his F1 debut at the Sakir GP.
After, Romain Grosjean’s horror crash last week at the Bahrain GP, Hass have called up current test driver Pietro Fittipaldi to drive at the Sakir GP this weekend.
In more F1 News, Hass have confirmed their driver line up for 2021 with F1 debutants Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin to drive for the American based team.