Russell completes first simulator day as Mercedes race driver · RaceFans

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In the round-up: George Russell has spent his first day as a Mercedes race driver at the team’s Brackley factory in the team’s simulator

In brief

Russell starts work as Mercedes driver

George Russell has spent his first day as a Mercedes works driver at the team’s factory at Brackley doing runs in the team’s simulator.

The former Williams driver has been part of the Mercedes junior driver programme for many years and spent his first three seasons in Formula 1 at Williams before being signed by Mercedes to replace Valtteri Bottas.

In a video posted to social media, Russell announced he had started his first official day with the multiple world championship winning team on Sunday.

“Today was my first official day in Brackley as a Mercedes driver,” Russell said.

“I can’t wait to get started, obviously. I went around and met so many people today, went on the simulator and just preparing as best as possible to kick-start.”

Russell’s new team mate at Mercedes, seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton, has still yet to make a public comment on whether he will continue to race in Formula 1 this season after losing the world championship title in controversial circumstances in Abu Dhabi.

Redline take double delight in Le Mans 24 Hours Virtual

Redline teams claimed both class wins in LMP and GTE during the second running of the Le Mans 24 Hours Virtual event.

The simracing specialists, who F1 world champion Max Verstappen has been long associated with, took overall victory with the number 70 Realteam Hydrogen Redline car driven by Jeffrey Rietveld, Michal Smidl, Felipe Drugovich and Oliver Rowland. The team led home defending race winners Rebellion GPX Esports, over a minute adrift of the winners. In the GTE class, BMW Team Redline took the win with drivers Enzo Bonito, Lorenzo Colombo, Rudy van Buren and Kevin Siggy.

Verstappen’s 123 Team Redline entry had dominated the early running after taking the lead at the race start. After sitting at the front through the first seven hours of the race, Verstappen lost control of his car over the kerbs of the Ford Chicane, sending him into the barriers and causing critical damage to his car, putting them out of the race.

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