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George Russell Joins Mercedes F1 From 2022

George Russell Joins Mercedes F1 From 2022

September 7, 2021 / By Zunair Tahir / News F1

George Russell has been announced as Lewis Hamilton’s 2022 teammate after signing a long-term contract with Mercedes. Russell, 23, has been a Mercedes junior driver since 2017 and gets his opportunity after three seasons in Formula One with Williams.

Russell stated, “It’s a momentous day for me personally and professionally, but it’s also a day of mixed feelings.” “I’m both delighted and honored to be joining Mercedes next year, which is a major professional step for me, but it also means saying goodbye to my Williams teammates and friends. It’s been a privilege to work with each and every member of the team, as well as to represent the Williams name in Formula One.

“I’d be lying if I claimed I wasn’t ecstatic about the prospect of next season. It’s a tremendous chance that I want to seize with both hands. But I have no illusions about the magnitude of the task; it will be a steep learning curve.

Valtteri has established a high bar for himself, regularly producing victories, pole positions, and contributing to many championship triumphs. My goal must be to repay Toto [Wolff, Squad Principal], the team, and the board’s faith in me by ensuring that I contribute to the team’s continued success, and I want to make my new teammates proud.

Russell, who also paid respect to Williams, said, “It’s a big chance that I want to seize with both hands.” “However, I have no illusions about the magnitude of the task; it will be a steep learning curve.”

Mercedes evaluated the known quantity of Bottas – who has battled but failed to defeat seven-time champion Hamilton over the course of a season – against their emerging F1 prodigy, Russell.

In the end, they chose the man who, in addition to blazing down the grid at Williams, excelled in his one-off outing in the Mercedes last December in Bahrain when standing in for Hamilton.


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Verstappen wins the Belgian F1 Grand Prix, which was rained out

Verstappen wins the Belgian F1 Grand Prix, which was rained out

August 30, 2021 / By Zunair Tahir / News F1

On Sunday, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was crowned the Belgian Grand Prix winner in Spa-Francorchamps.

The Drivers’ Championship Standings

  • Lewis Hamilton (202.5 Points)
  • Max Verstappen (199.5 Points)
  • Lando Norris (113 Points)
  • Valtteri Bottas (108 Points)
  • Sergio Perez (104 Points)
  • Carlos Sainz (83.5 Points)
  • Charles Leclerc (82 Points)
  • Daniel Ricciardo (56 Points)
  • Pierre Gasly (54 Points)
  • Esteban Ocon (42 Points)
  • Fernando Alosno (38 Points)
  • Sebastian Vettel (35 Points)
  • Yuki Tsunoda (18 Points)
  • Lance Stroll (18 Points)
  • George Russell (13 Points)
  • Nicholas Latifi (7 Points)
  • Kimi Raikkonen (2 Points)
  • Antonio Giovinazzi (1 Point)
  • Mick Schumacher (0 Points)
  • Nikita Mazepin (0 Points)

The race was red-flagged after the minimum of two laps necessary to make the result official following two tries behind the safety car. With less than 30 minutes remaining in the race, race director Michael Masi decided that the event would not be restarted.
Because 75 percent of the race distance was not completed, half points were awarded for the first time since Malaysia 2009.

The Belgian GP 2021 top ten

  • Max Verstappen (12.5 points)
  • George Russell (9 Points)
  • Lewis Hamilton (7.5 Points)
  • Daniel Ricciardo (6 Points)
  • Sebastian Vettel (5 Points)
  • Pierre Gasly (4 Points)
  • Esteban Ocon (3 Points)
  • Charles Leclerc (2 Points)
  • Nicholas Latifi (1 Point)
  • Carlos Sainz (0.5 Points)

The race start sequence was halted for many hours as rain continued to pour after a delayed start and a few formation laps behind the safety car. Red Bull had the chance to repair Perez’s vehicle during this period, but he had to start from the pitlane, costing him a seventh-place finish because he was classified last.
The race was begun behind the safety car with an hour on the clock due to a brief respite in the rain, although the weather remained extremely wet. The race was red-flagged after two and a half circuits as the rain became more intense, making the event official for half points.


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