George Russell set to complete much-anticipated move to Mercedes this week and form all-British partnership with Lewis Hamilton – with Valtteri Bottas switching to Alfa Romeo

George Russell’s long-awaited move to join Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes is set to be confirmed this week. As Sportsmail revealed on Thursday, Toto Wolff has decided to draft in the 23-year-old Englishman to replace Valtteri Bottas, who will be unveiled as an Alfa Romeo driver as early as Monday. The change reveals that Wolff is preparing for life after Hamilton, who turns 37 in January and was urging his boss to stick with the usually compliant Bottas. Ironically, Bottas defied an order from the pit wall to pull out of his fastest lap attempt so as not to beat Hamilton’s existing time in the closing stages of the Dutch Grand Prix.

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