Russell was released from his partner team Williams Racing in order to be able to compete in his first Mountainous Prix with Mercedes this weekend.
He is only the fifth driver who has been since 2010 competes for the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Crew. He is also the third Briton after Sir Stirling Moss and Lewis Hamilton to represent Mercedes-Benz in Formula 1.
Russell has been since 2017 Part of the Mercedes-Benz Junior Program. That year he won the championship in the GP3 series before he was awarded the year 2018 also won the title in Formula 2. Since 2017 he has been a Formula 1 racing driver at Williams Racing and has in the past two Seasons impressive performances both in qualifying and in the race.
“First and foremost, I would like to thank our loyal partners Williams for the cooperation and the openness that make it possible that George will run for Mercedes this weekend. The discussions with the crew at Williams were positive and pragmatic and those were the key factors in reaching an agreement, “said team principal and managing director Toto Wolff.
“It won’t be easy for George, from Williams to W 11, but he is ready for the race and also has a detailed understanding of the 2019 he tires and how they interact with the current generation of vehicles. George has shown an impressive have at Williams this year and has played an instrumental role in her advancement in the field. I am confident that he will deliver a strong performance alongside Valtteri, who will be a demanding reference point for him. “
“This race is also a small milestone for usadar, because for the first time a member of our junior program for the Mercedes works team is going to initiate. We have a job to do this weekend and the entire focus of our sporting efforts will be on Valtteri and George in order to secure the greatest possible number of points for the crew. But of course our thoughts are with Lewis too and we will support him as intestine as possible to enable a speedy recovery during his isolation. “
The team’s driver plans for the Abu Dhabi Mountainous Prix will be announced later after the upcoming race weekend.