This season, Bahrain held two consecutive F1 races. Hamilton just won the Bahrain Grand Prix, but due to a COVID-19 infection, he did not attend the Sakhir Grand Prix 2020 this weekend.
As soon as the news that Lewis Hamilton was stuck with COVID-19, one of the things that the organizers of Sakhir Grand Prix 2020 are most worried about must be whether there are any F1 stars to follow. The focus was on Max Verstappen, because Red Bull’s racer had 7 contact with the World Champion.
Fortunately, Max Verstappen’s sample was negative. Before that at the Bahrain Grand Prix, Verstappen not only stood on the same stage to win with Hamilton, but also awarded the Cup to the British driver, and they attended the press conference together.
Hamilton’s absence is seen as an opportunity for Verstappen to win the Sakhir Grand Prix when the main rival seems to be just Mercedes Valtteri Bottas.
Of course, it is impossible to ignore the fact that Mercedes transferred George Russell from Williams to temporarily replace Hamilton.
In real life, Lewis Hamilton’s shoes are too small for George Russell’s size, but on the track, no one thinks that young British talent has enough power to fit the legendary men’s shoes.
George Russell filled the Lewis Hamilton spot at Mercedes this weekend.
However, this is really an opportunity for the 22-year-old racer to prove he can become an F1 superstar, because he can drive Hamilton’s car.
Because, the sports world often thinks that in F1, the championship is determined largely by the vehicle, not the driver.
So, George Russell – which has not had any points this season – still has the hope of earning the first points, even stepping on the podium to win with “Silver Arrow” each with Hamilton won 13 in Grand Prix this season.