September 18, 2021

Voltaire Bottas moved to Alfa Romeo to confirm George Russell’s involvement in Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes and clear the way.

Voltaire Bottas’ proposed Alfa Romeo move is expected to be confirmed this week – paving the way for George Russell to join Mercedes

Russell will partner Lewis Hamilton for the 2022 season to become the first British lineup in F1 for the first time since 2012.

George Russell is ready to go in a Mercedes.

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George Russell is ready to go in a Mercedes.Credit: Splash.
And Voltaire Botas is heading for Alfa Romeo.

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And Voltaire Botas is heading for Alfa Romeo.Credit: AP

Russell, 23, was unlucky to finish second in the unfortunate Belgian Grand Prix last weekend, ahead of third-placed Hamilton.

The Kings Lane racer won the GP3 title in 2017 and the Formula 2 Championship the following year.

He has been on loan from Merck to Williams for the past three years, which helped the team fight their battle from the back of the grid.

However, he will now make his way to the Brexit-based team where he will play against Hamilton.

Last weekend, Merck boss Tutu Wolf confirmed that a decision had been made about his driver pair.

When asked on two occasions if he had made his decision, Wolfe simply said yes.

He added: “If it was an easy decision we would have made it already because we know what we have with Voltaire and we know what we have with George.

“They both deserve the best care possible because they are both part of the family and we hold them in high esteem.”

Merck is expected to be the first to announce its intention not to re-sign Botas, which will allow Alfa Romeo to confirm his signature.

Botas, 32, has won nine GPs but has not been on the podium for almost 12 months.

He will replace the outgoing countryman Kimi Rونikkنnen, 41, who will leave Alfa Romeo, who will surely cover his F1 career.

Once Alpha has confirmed the arrival of Botas, Merck will in turn confirm that Russell has signed a new contract with the team.

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