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Mercedes officially confirms Russell replacing Bottas for 2022 F1

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Finally, all speculations are ended by official confirmation of Mercedes 2022 F1 line-up. The young British speedy George Russell was confirmed as Seven-times F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton’s F1 teammate from 2022 by the Silver-arrows on Tuesday.

“The Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team today confirmed that George Russell will become team-mate to reigning seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton, beginning from the 2022 Formula One season as the sport enters a new era of technical regulations.” said the Mercedes statement.

This confirmation follows the news that Valtteri Bottas will join Alfa Romeo Racing next year, after five highly successful seasons with Mercedes. Valtteri joined Mercedes in 2017, scoring 9 race wins, 54 podiums and 17 pole positions to date with the team.

He has played a pivotal role in Mercedes winning four Constructors’ World Championships since 2017, and his partnership with Lewis Hamilton will be recorded as one of the most successful in the sport’s history.

Valtteri will be succeeded by 23-year-old George Russell, who joined the Mercedes Young Driver Programme in 2017. George won that season’s GP3 Series championship, and became FIA Formula 2 champion the following year, before graduating to Formula One with Williams in 2019.

His work ethic and performance have continued to impress during his three seasons with Williams; he is now ready to make the step to Mercedes and to continue his career development alongside Lewis Hamilton, after signing a long-term contract with the team.

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said the decision to replace Bottas had nonetheless not been an easy process or a straightforward decision.

“This hasn’t been an easy process or a straightforward decision for us. Valtteri has done a fantastic job over the past five seasons, and he has made an essential contribution to our success and to our growth.” Wolff said.

“Together with Lewis, he has built a benchmark partnership between two team-mates in the sport, and that has been a valuable weapon in our championship battles and pushed us to achieve unprecedented success. He would absolutely have deserved to stay with the team, and I am pleased that he has been able to choose an exciting challenge with Alfa next year to continue his career at the top level of the sport; when the time comes, he will leave us with huge goodwill from every single member of the team, and he will forever be part of the Mercedes family.”

“Looking forward to 2022, we are very happy to confirm that George will have the opportunity to take the next step in his career and join Mercedes. He has been a winner in every racing category – and the past three seasons with Williams have given us a taste of what the future could hold for him in F1.”

“Now, it is our challenge together to help him continue learning within our environment and alongside Lewis, the greatest F1 driver of all time. I am confident that as their relationship grows, they will form a strong team and deliver for Mercedes on and off the track in the years to come. It’s a weight off our shoulders to have our plans for 2022 clear and announced; but now, our focus returns to the final nine races of this season and putting everything into our challenge for this year’s world championships.”

2022 F1

Toto playing that mental game – Rosberg

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Former F1 world champion and Former Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg has rejected Toto Wolff’s claims to Lewis Hamilton that the Mercedes car is ‘undriveable’, pointing to George Russell’s remarkable performance, because different story for Hamilton’s teammate Russell, who managed to climb from 11th to fourth.

Hamilton finished outside the points for the first time this season at the Emilia Romagna GP. The Brit was made only 14th position in the qualifying and unable to lift his race position, he struggled too much behind the midfield field drivers.

“Lewis, sorry for what you needed to drive today. I know this is undriveable and not what we deserved to score as a result. We will move on from there, but this was a terrible race,” Wolff said on team radio after the chequered flag.

Hamilton replied: “No worries, Toto. Let’s keep working hard,” to which the Mercedes chief added: “We will.”

Rosberg has highlighted Russell’s performance, having climbed from 12th on the grid to finish 4th. “Toto is playing that mental game, which is very smart from him, taking the blame themselves and really trying to support Lewis mentally, lifting him up and saying ‘Lewis, it’s really on us’. Rosberg said.

“That’s very smart because it’s not quite the truth. Remember, Russell is fourth with the same car, so Lewis definitely had a big role to play in that poor weekend. Russell still managed to get fourth out of it, so there was more in that car. The Germen added.

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Wolff apologizes to Hamilton for ‘undrivable’ Mercedes

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Reigning constructors F1 champion Mercedes’ team principal Toto Wolff apologizes for a “terrible race” and an “undrivable” car as Lewis Hamilton finishes P14 at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Hamilton start race from 14th position on the grid for Imola race, he was unable to lift the position and unlucky pit-stop incidents also demote him better position in the Sunday race. The Brit encountering a disappointing afternoon and finding himself at the back of a DRS line, unable to make the move on those ahead of them.

“Lewis, sorry for what you needed to drive today. I know this is undriveable and not what we deserved to score as a result. We will move on from there but this was a terrible race,” Wolff said on team radio after the chequered flag.

Hamilton replied: “No worries Toto. Let’s keep working hard,” to which the Mercedes chief added: “We will.”

Totally different story for Hamilton’s teammate George Russell, who managed to climb from 11th to fourth. Hamilton started 14th before finding himself stuck in the lower midfield and unable to find a way out.

When the media asked if pitting earlier could have helped, a dejected Hamilton wonder about: “I really don’t know to be honest. I don’t think it would have made much of a difference. A weekend to forget, that’s for sure.”

“I am out of the championship, for sure, there’s no question about that, but I will still keep working as hard as I can and try and somehow put it back together.” Hamilton added

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F1 Championship Points Standing – After Imola GP

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2022 F1 Drivers Championship Standing after F1 Emilia Romagna GP

Pos Driver Team Points
1Charles LeclercFerrari86
2Max VerstappenRed Bull59
3Sergio PerezRed Bull54
4George RussellWilliams49
5Carlos SainzFerrari38
6Lando NorrisMcLaren35
7Lewis HamiltonMercedes28
8Valtteri BottasMercedes24
9Esteban OconAlpine20
10Kevin MagnussenHaas15
11Daniel RicciardoMcLaren11
12Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri10
13Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri6
14Fernando AlonsoAlpine2
15Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo1
16Alex AlbonWilliams1
17Lance StrollAston Martin1
18Mick SchumacherHaas0
19Sebastian VettelAston Martin0
20Nicholas LatifiWilliams0

2022 F1 Teams Championship Standing after F1 Imola Emilia Romagna GP

Pos Team Points
1Ferrari124
2Red Bull113
3Mercedes77
4McLaren46
5Alfa Romeo25
6Alpine22
7AlphaTauri16
8Haas15
9Aston Martin5
10Williams1

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SAUDI GRAND PRIX

Date Session Time
FRI DEC 03 FP1 16:30 - 17:30
FRI DEC 03 FP2 20:00 - 21:00
SAT DEC 04 FP3 17:00 - 18:00
SAT DEC 04 QUALI 20:00 - 21:00
SUN DEC 05 RACE 20:30 - 23:30

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