In a shocking turn of events, Williams driver George Russell has somehow worked his way into a Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 seat for the 2022 season, filling the empty space being left by Valterri Bottas, who is heading to Alfa Romeo next year.
In what has perhaps been the most well-kept secret in the racing world, the 23-year old British driver, who has had a best finish of second in the controversial 2021 Belgian Grand Prix, will join seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton at the most dominant team of the V-6 hybrid era.
There has been absolutely zero indication Russell had any chance moving from Williams to the very best. It's not like Russell has maintained a strong relationship with Mercedes-AMG for years now, or even drove for the team once in 2020 when Hamilton tested positive for COVID-19, or anything. Really, who could've seen this coming?
Russell has been one of the least interesting drivers to enter the field in recent years, with little to no results to back up his promotion. It's safe to say there will be absolutely no close battles or conflicts between him and Hamilton, who will now be on level playing fields for 2022 which, coincidentally, will feature a major revamp of the F1 car design. We expect Russell to sit back and act as a team player to help Hamilton cruise to victory, rather than fight for wins. It's not like he has the talent to do anything else, right?
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