According to the BBC George Russell is in pole position to take over Lewis Hamilton’s seat at Mercedes this weekend. The world champion appears to have tested positive for the corona virus and so he cannot participate in the Sakhir Grand Prix. Hamilton’s seat is filled in by Russell, according to the British medium.
Mercedes’ choice for Russell is obvious. The Briton is currently playing for Williams, but has always been part of the Mercedes training team. The Formula 2 champion is seen as the next successor to a departing Valtteri Bottas or Lewis Hamilton and at the race in Bahrain next weekend, Russell can prove himself at the German-British racing stable.
Should Mercedes Williams request to loan Russell for the upcoming race weekend, the parties will have to figure it out. Formally, the British talent is a Williams driver and the team, which has recently been owned by Dorilton Capital, must agree to her driver’s outing and, above all, look for a replacement for Russell. As a possible replacement for Russell, the British medium mentions Williams reserve driver Jack Aitken and former F1 driver Nico Hülkenberg.
Mercedes does not want to respond to the news yet, but will announce Hamilton’s replacement later this week. Other options for the seat this weekend are Stoffel Vandoorne, Esteban Gutierrez or the same Hulkenberg.