Bottas leaves Mercedes and changes to Alfa Romeo
After five years, the FINN makes space for top talent George Russell for the Silver Arrows. Bottas signs a contract for several years, as the former clean team from Switzerland announced on Monday. There Bottas replaces his Finnish compatriot Kimi Räikkönen, who finished his career in winter.
Russell’s strong services in Williams
In Mercedes, the place is clearly free of recording world champion Lewis Hamilton. That his compatriot Russell will take this, has been an open secret for weeks – but it was not confirmed on Monday afternoon. Since Bottas’ future is officially clarified, the Personalism Russell should be announced soon.
The 23-year-old has been promoted since 2017 in the Junior Cader of Mercedes, his rise to the World Champion Team last only a matter of time. This season, Russell still drives for the inferior Williams team and shows strong services there week for week.
The highlight was the second starting place in the qualifying of Spa at the end of August. Since there was no real race in Belgium due to the strong rain, Russell also celebrated his first podium place there. In the past season, the English was also allowed to replace the diseased Hamilton at Mercedes in Bahrain and had probably won the race immediately if the boxing crew did not have a mistake.
Due to its strong achievements in the junior series and now in Formula 1, Russell has been valid for a long time as a crown prince of his so successful compatriot. In the coming season, the royal class now probably gets the direct generation of generation at Mercedes.