The 23-year British young man had a great three years of the campaign with Williams. With Hamilton as his new teammate next season it will form a fantastic British line for Mercedes to conquer over all the teams.
Russell on joining Mercedes.
“It’s a special day for me personally and professionally. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t absolutely buzzing. It’s a huge opportunity and one I want to grab with both hands.
“But I’m under no illusions as to the scale of the challenge; it’s going to be a steep learning curve. I want to do my new teammates proud. Of course, one of those new teammates 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 performed brilliant last season when driving in Mercedes as a replacement of Hamilton because of COVID. Last month he grabbed a front-row finish in his Williams while driving in Q3 at Belgium GP.
Toto Wolff on George Russell joining Mercedes.
“We are very happy to confirm that George will have the opportunity to take the next step in his career. He has been a winner in every racing category – and the past three seasons with Williams have given us a taste of what the future could hold for him in F1.
“Now, it is our challenge together to help him continue learning within our environment and alongside Lewis, the greatest F1 driver of all time.
“I am confident that as their relationship grows, they will form a strong team and deliver for Mercedes on and off the track in the years ahead. It’s a weight off our shoulders to have our plans for 2022 clear and announced.”
Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team on Twitter announces George Russell’s signing: