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Tydd driver George Russell to replace Formula One champ Lewis Hamilton in Bahrain




Tydd St Giles George Russell will replace Formula One's reigning champion Lewis Hamilton for his Williams team in this weekend's Grand Prix in Bahrain.

George (22) will take Hamilton's place after he was forced to withdraw from the Sakhir Grand Prix after testing positive for COVID-19.

In an interview with the BBC's Formula One writer George Benson, George described his step up as a "great chance to learn from the best outfit on the grid right now".

George Russell will step into Lewis Hamilton's shoes this weekend to race in the Sakhir Grand Prix.
George Russell will step into Lewis Hamilton's shoes this weekend to race in the Sakhir Grand Prix.

The former Wisbech Grammar School student signed for the world-title winning Mercedes team in January 2017 when he was just 19 and went on to compete in the feeder series GP3 that season.

He was a Mercedes reserve driver in 2018 before being released to Williams on a three-year contract from the start of the 2019 season.

George could also find himself racing in the season's closing race in Abu Dhabi the following week if Hamilton does not recover in time.

George Russell, who attended Wisbech Grammar School, is replacing Lewis Hamilton in the Sakhir Grand Prix in Bahrain this weekend. (43373729)
George Russell, who attended Wisbech Grammar School, is replacing Lewis Hamilton in the Sakhir Grand Prix in Bahrain this weekend. (43373729)

Tweeting about the move George said: "Very few people are lucky enough to drive for an @F1 team each year. I'm about to get the chance to drive for two.

"Unbelievably grateful to @WilliamsRacing and @MercedesAMGF1 for this opportunity.

"Thank you all."



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