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George Russell: Williams sale made Mercedes chance happen – PlanetF1

George Russell has indicated his chance to deputise for Lewis Hamilton in the Sakhir GP would have been vetoed before Williams were sold.

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George Russell has indicated his chance to deputise for Lewis Hamilton in the Sakhir Grand Prix would have been vetoed before the Williams team was sold.
The 22-year-old British driver was called up by Mercedes to fill the breach in Bahrain after the seven-time World Champion had tested positive for COVID-19.
A frantic day of negotiations, in which Russell said he had been involved in 64 phone calls, ended with an agreement being reached for a race the Mercedes substitute would probably have gone…

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