Lewis Hamilton will get a brand new associate at Mercedes subsequent yr in fellow Briton George Russell.
He’ll exchange Valtteri Bottas, whose departure is predicted to be confirmed imminently.
The 32-year-old will head to Alfa Romeo to take over from the retiring Kimi Raikkonen.
Nico Rosberg, the 2016 world champion, claimed on Sky Sports activities that Netflix’s Drive to Survive digital camera crew have been invited to movie Russell signing his new contract with Toto Wolff contained in the staff’s motorhome in Zandvoort on Sunday night time.
Mercedes have denied their former driver’s declare, however rumours proceed to flow into.
Russell’s transfer to take up the most popular seat in System One will see him kind an intriguing all-British line-up with Hamilton, 36.
His elevation comes after three seasons with Williams, and a massively spectacular stand-in show for a Covid-hit Hamilton in Bahrain final December.
Russell, from Kings Lynn, additionally produced a memorable qualifying lap to place his uncompetitive Williams on the entrance row of the grid for final month’s Belgian Grand Prix, duly taking second, following the two-lap race run behind the protection automotive.
Hamilton has spoken repeatedly of his choice for Bottas – who changed Rosberg in 2017 – to remain – however the Mercedes hierarchy look like trying to the longer term by hiring Russell.
Max Verstappen prompt the 23-year-old’s arrival on the Silver Arrows will ‘make life very troublesome’ for Hamilton.
However, in response, the seven-time world champion stated: “I don’t really feel I’ve something to show.
“I’ve raced towards some unbelievable drivers as team-mates, together with Fernando Alonso in my rookie yr.
“There can be issues we study from each other and it’s important respect is all the time there. Communication is on the core of that. George being British will assist.”
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