Mercedes confirm George Russell as Lewis Hamilton's new F1 team-mate for 2022 season replacing Valtteri Bottas

GEORGE RUSSELL has been confirmed as Lewis Hamilton's team-mate at Mercedes for the 2022 season.

After over four years as part of the Formula One team's academy, the Brit will step up from Williams to replace Valtteri Bottas.

The reigning world champions have been mulling over Russell's promotion for over a year, amid Hamilton's dominance of the Drivers' Championship.

But Bottas' difficult first half of the season and Russell's continued rise in one of the slowest cars on the track made the decision inevitable.

The 23-year-old stated: "It’s official. Next year, I’ll be a Mercedes F1 driver.

"This is a special day for me and I want to say a huge thank you to Williams,
Mercedes and everyone who has supported me in getting to where I am today. I couldn’t have done it without every single one of you."

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