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Russell ill in Abu Dhabi, Williams assessing potential replacement

  • Published on 29 Nov 2019 10:48
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Williams is unsure if George Russell will be fit to race at this weekend's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and is believed to have Sergey Sirotkin on standby to step in if needed.

Sirotkin raced for the Williams team in 2018 alongside Lance Stroll, competing the entire season before leaving and rejoining Renault as a reserve driver this year.

Sirotkin also holds a reserve role with McLaren. He last raced in F1 12 months ago, at the 2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

However, he could potentially make his return this weekend alongside Robert Kubica, as Russell is reportedly under the weather ahead of the last race of the season.

Russell went for a check on Friday morning and was given the all-clear to take part in the opening practice session. 

It is believed that Esteban Ocon was the first choice to come in for a seat fitting, however there were complications with the procedure before Sirotkin had a more successful seat fitting.

Nicholas Latifi, who will race full-time with Williams next year, is not an option for the team, as he is concentrating on his Formula 2 event, while there are also limitations on what he is allowed to take part in this year due to superlicense rules.  

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  • Maybe time to introduce your overpaying amateur spare part what is Latifi. In fact, maybe you should marry Latifi since you love him so much. Do you want to marry Latifi, Williams? Well I WON'T LET YOU! How does That feel? About as nice as seeing you suffer, I guess... Rant over...

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    Okaaaaay

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    • Nov 29 2019 - 13:21

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