Rumor: Vandoorne or Russell to replace Hamilton in Bahrain’s 2nd GP (2nd Update)

This rumor is upgraded to ‘fact’ with this announcement that George Russell will replace Lewis Hamilton this weekend.

December 1, 2020 

Add Williams F1 driver George Russell to the list of names being considered to replace Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes F1 car for this weekend’s Sakhir GP in Bahrain.

No word yet on who would replace Russell, but we could expect Williams Reserve Driver Jack Aiken, or test driver Roy Nissany.

December 1, 2020 

Mercedes reserve Stoffel Vandoorne will travel to Bahrain after completing Formula E testing Valencia, and he is rumored to replace Lewis Hamilton, who tested positive for Covid-19, in the 2nd Bahrain GP this coming weekend.

However, that doesn’t mean he’s definitely going to be in the car to sub for Hamilton. Discussions are on-going.