Valtteri Bottas’ next move has also been decided, with George Russell set for a Mercedes promotion.
Next year, George Russell is expected to partner Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes. If the trade goes through, the Briton will take over for Valtteri Bottas.
According to reports, George Russell has been promoted to Mercedes.
After a strong showing at the Belgian Grand Prix, RacingNews365.com knows that George Russell has agreed to drive for the reigning champions next season.
He would take over for Valtteri Bottas, who is rumored to have agreed to drive for Alfa Romeo, and his compatriot Kimi Raikonnen, who is due to retire.
After 20 years on the circuit, the 2007 Formula One World Champion is set to announce his retirement during the upcoming Italian Grand Prix, according to the tabloid.
Bottas may have been convinced to join Alfa Romeo since he and team chief Frederic Vasseur are old friends.
In 2009 and 2010, he won the Zandvoort Masters with Vasseur’s ART team, as well as the 2011 GP3 Championship with Vasseur at the wheel.
It was expected that an announcement about the new contract would be made at the Belgian Grand Prix this past weekend, but no confirmation was issued.
It’s possible that Alex Albon will be the driver to take Russell’s place at Williams.
After being replaced by Sergio Perez at the former camp in the summer, the 25-year-old is now a reserve and simulator driver for both Red Bull and AlphaTauri.
Christian Horner and Dr. Helmut Marko have lately expressed an interest in assisting Albon in finding a method to stay in Formula 1.
“Alex is a talent,” Marko was cited by Kronen Zeitung as stating. After his time in Formula 1 with Red Bull, we didn’t write him off. He’ll have another shot in Formula 1 – wherever that may be.
Nyck De Vries, the current Formula E champion, is expected to replace Antonio Giovinazzi at Alfa Romeo, according to the source.
Ferrari pushed the Italian driver aside to join their Hypercar program for the World Endurance Championship.
While it appears to be a done deal, Mika Hakkinen, the 1998 and 1999 Formula One World Champion, encouraged Mercedes to pass on George Russell and maintain Valtteri Bottas last month.
“If you look at the facts, the outcomes over the years Valtteri has driven alongside Lewis (Hamilton) – what.”Brinkwire Summary News”, he told RTL.