On Tuesday morning, Mercedes finally announced Russell as Valtteri Bottas’ replacement for next year and beyond.

The 23-year-old will team up with seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton to make it an all-British pairing at Mercedes. 

Russell has earned his promotion after three impressive seasons with Williams, where he has yet to be out-qualified by any of his teammates.

Russell scored Williams’ first podium since 2017 at the Belgian Grand Prix, allowing it to move comfortably clear of Alfa Romeo in the race for eighth in the constructors’ championship.

Reflecting on the news, Williams team boss Capito heaped praise on Russell for his contribution to the team since 2019.

“Over the past three years, it’s been clear to every member of staff here at Williams just how dedicated, focused, and talented George is through his contributions to the team both on and off-track,” Capito said.

“He has all the characteristics necessary to achieve the greatest success in our sport and we are therefore delighted for him, both as a team and me personally, to see him rewarded with the opportunity to test himself at Mercedes. We will watch his progress with interest and pride, knowing the role Williams has played in developing his considerable skills.”

Williams has yet to announce its driver line-up for 2022 with Nicholas Latifi expected to remain for a third season.

Alexander Albon has been heavily tipped to partner Latifi, while Nyck de Vries is also in the frame.

“We were of course aware of this possibility coming to fruition and therefore have a number of strong driver options available to us,” he added. “We now look forward to shaping our future line-up that will help us take the next step in our exciting journey as a team and will make any announcement in due course.”