George Russell confirmed at Mercedes alongside Lewis Hamilton for 2022

George Russell has officially joined the Mercedes AMG F1 driver line-up for the 2022 season alongside seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton.

The 23-year-old Briton currently drives for Williams Racing, and has done so since his full-time F1 debut at the 2019 Australian Grand Prix.

Having won the GP3 title in 2017, he followed up with another title in the F2 championship.

Russell said: “It’s a special day for me personally and professionally, but also a day of mixed emotions.

“I’m excited and humbled to be joining Mercedes next year, which is a huge career step, but it also means I’ll be saying goodbye to my teammates and friends at Williams.

“It has been an honour working alongside every member of the team, and an honour to represent the Williams name in F1.

“I’ve loved every moment in what I’d describe as a true heart and soul racing team, and I’ll be pushing harder than ever to make sure we end our story in the best possible way.”

George Russell (GBR) Williams Racing.
Austrian Grand Prix, Thursday 1st July 2021. Spielberg, Austria. – Credit: Williams Racing

When he joined Williams, the team were solely fulfilling the back row of the grid throughout the season.

In 2021, notable progress has been made and Russell has demonstrated his own Q2 and Q3 qualifying potential.

With Bottas set to drive for Alfa Romeo Racing next year, Russell will replace the Fin in a seat which has assisted Mercedes to four of their seven constructors’ championships.

After Lewis Hamilton suffered from COVID-19 at last year’s Sakhir Grand Prix, Russell took over his seat to demonstrate winning potential on his Mercedes race debut.

He continued: “My target must be to reward the trust that Toto, the team, and the board have placed in me by ensuring I play my part in continuing that success and I want to do my new teammates proud.”

“Of course, one of those new team-mates is in my opinion the greatest driver of all time.

“I’ve looked up to Lewis since I was in go-karts and the opportunity to learn from someone who has become a role model both on and off track can only benefit me as a driver, a professional, and a human being.”

Russell will be looking to build on his sole podium statistic next year with multiple pole positions, podiums, and maiden race victories.