Formula 1 driver George Russell will join Mercedes next year as Lewis Hamilton’s new team-mate as the world champions confirmed their all-British 2022 driver line-up.
Earning his chance with the team who first signed him as a junior driver before supporting his three brilliant seasons in F1 with Williams, Russell, 23, will be Hamilton’s sixth – and youngest – team-mate in the sport.
Before embarking on a couple of stunning years behind the wheel, which saw the former Williams driver secure the Formula 2 championship and impress on his maiden F1 season, the driver confessed which Premier League club he supported as a child as he dreamt of partnering Hamilton on the race track.
Wolverhampton Wanderers was the team that Russell grew up supporting due to his father being a season ticket holder at Molineux.
The 21-year-old returned to the stadium for the Premier League match against Manchester United back in September 2019 to speak about his support of those in gold and black.
“I really enjoyed being back at Molineux for the game against Manchester United,” Russell said.
“My father’s a season ticket holder at Wolves and comes to the games week in, week out. I’ve only been to the Wolves about eight or nine games over the years, but each time I come to the games I get converted into an even bigger fan.”
Talking of his support for Wolves as he grew up, Russell added: “I’ve always followed Wolves through my father and have always enjoyed football, but I wouldn’t call myself an out and out massive supporter.
“Since going into Formula 1 it’s been really difficult to follow the team as much as I would like because we’re racing all over the world every week and the games are usually happening at the same time.
“Even though I might have lost touch slightly, it was nice to come back to the stadium during my summer break and catch a game. Being at Molineux and seeing the atmosphere always gives you a real buzz. Just from that one game I will be getting back into it again.”
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